In the Government’s new transport fund allocation Brighton & Hove Council has come up trumps with a promised increase of 7% on last year. The bonus is due to good performance by Brighton & Hove City Council in delivering transport improvements.
The city has been awarded £5.7 million in funding for 2004/05, including just over £1 million for maintenance schemes.
A total of £4.6 million has been granted for integrated transport measures in 2004/5. This means the council can continue to improve bus services, facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and invest in residents' schemes such as traffic calming.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove's environment committee, said, "The Government has recognised our continuing good performance in delivering sustainable transport. It has given us extra funding, which will benefit all.
"We have a high rate of efficiency as 84% of our targets are on track to be delivered and 99.98% of the funding is allocated. That means we are coming in on time with most of our projects and spending almost 100% of the transport funding within the financial year."
Over the past three years journeys by private car reduced by almost 12%, while cycling trips increased by 50%, people walking by 10%, and bus passengers by 5%.
The council is also working to improve accessibility and safety around the city, lowering kerbs to make it easier for wheelchair users, improving the environment at stations, and working with schools to make it safer for children to get around the city.
There are big plans to improve integrated transport in the city. The Council is currently looking at a rapid transport system, a possible park and ride site and improving facilities for coach passengers; putting together a more co-ordinated system for road improvements and using new technology to ease traffic flow and improve parking.
See previous article in knowledge base entitled 'Government to back local transport to the tune of £1.9 billion'.
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