Bids are made to government to help fund the delivery of the district integrated transport strategies. Bids for funding have been made for:
The strategies are also funded through the Local Enterprise Partnerships’s growth deal.
We have submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Transport for technical support to assist in the preparation of Staffordshire's local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.
We have submitted a bid in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council for £3 million of revenue funding to deliver sustainable travel initiatives which support the local economy by improving access to employment, education and training. If successful, funding will be available from 2017/18 through 2019/20.
We have submitted a bid for £378,000 with a total package cost of £551,000 to support Newcastle's growth plans, reduce delays that are impacting on the Air Quality Management Area and tackle health issues.
The total transport fund is a goverment pilot fund that allows local authorities to bid for resources to look into combining transport services that are currently looked after by different providers.
This is so that transport services can be coordinated between providers more effectively.
Find out more about the total transport fund on the gov.uk website.
What did Staffordshire get?
We were awarded £130,000 through the scheme in March 2015 for projects in Staffordshire Moorlands and South Staffordshire:
The local sustainable transport fund is a government scheme that helps councils to create changes to local transport, with the intention of cutting carbon emissions and creating growth.
Throughout the UK, £1 billion is now being invested in local sustainable travel and we have been given funding for various projects throughout Staffordshire.
For the 2015/2016 period, we received £985,000 with a total package cost of £4.1 million.
The package will boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and encourage higher levels of cycling and walking to improve public health.
In 2012 we received £4.2 million which has enabled the start of a number of projects in Stafford, which will:
- target peak hour commuters,
- improve sustainable access to jobs, training and services,
- help to reduce carbon emissions.
- Improve bus facilities and passenger information on congested routes.
- Walking and cycling improvements will include a new 400 metre route.
Businesses and residents will be encouraged to look at their travel habits through discounted bus travel, promotions, a new mobile cycle centre and travel plan support to businesses.
Commitment to these projects has been secured from major local employers, the Chamber of Commerce and the bus operator, including participation in the business travel plan network, and full use will be made of a local cycling charity.
Baswich walking and cycling route
The Baswich walking and cycling route is a major project that we are planning to undertake with local sustainable transport fund.
The project will include the creation of:
- An advisory cycle route (signage only) connecting Weston Road with Tixall Road, along Birkdale Drive and Wolseley Road.
- A 400 metre viaduct connecting Tixall Road to Baswich Lane, crossing the River Sow and Kingston Brook that will be sensitively illuminated.
- A new 3 metre wide structure adjacent to the Canal Bridge on Baswich Lane, replacing the existing footbridge.
- A shared cycleway/footway, starting from St. Thomas' Cottage, Baswich Lane to Cornwall Drive.
Public consultation was undertaken in November 2012 including an exhibition at Berkswich Holy Trinity Community Hall, Baswich.
Inspiring new travel options
The INTO project is funded by the local sustainable transport fund and allows local residents, businesses and schools to make travel choices that benefit themselves, the local environment and the Staffordshire Economy.
Find out more about the INTO project.
North Staffordshire project
A joint bid by ourselves and Stoke-on-Trent City Council was awarded £5 million, and focused on improving sustainable transport to support existing and growing employment sites. These include:
- Keele University Science and Business Park,
- University Quarter (UniQ),
- Chatterley Valley,
- Etruria Valley,
- Trentham Lakes.
The project will help to local residents, employees, job seekers and people in further education to get to the Universities, colleges, hospital and other employment areas. The routes will also have new traffic managment, bus priority, improved bus services, passenger information and pedestrian areas.
Cycle routes will provide extra accessibility, and the benefits of cycling will be promoted.
The government's national park cycle fund can provide funding for cycle routes.
We submitted a bid to the national park cycle fund to fund our pedal peak project, which will deliver four new cycle routes and encourage more visits to the Peak District by bike.
This bid was a partnership between ourselves, Derbyshire County Council, Peak District National Park, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council.
Find out more about the national park cycle fund on the gov.uk website.
What did Staffordshire get?
In August 2013 the pedal peak phase 2 project was awarded £5 million from the government's fund. This went into the construction of The Staffordshire Moorlands Link route.
The Staffordshire Moorlands Link is an off road route from Stockton Brook, at the boundary with Stoke City Council, along the Caldon Canal towpath to both Cheddleton and Leek. From there it is an on road signed route to the Roaches from Leek and to the Manifold Valley from Cheddleton where there is already a cycle route.
Staffordshire Moorlands Connect demand responsive bus service already operates in this area and can carry cycles providing a connection by bus for other parts of the Moorlands.
Pedal peak bid documents
The pinch point fund is a government fund that supports economic growth by resolving problems on the highway that may be restricting the movement of goods and people.
The fund is intended to secure immediate impacts on growth and is aimed at those schemes that can be delivered quickly.
Find out more about the pinch point fund on the gov.uk website.
What did Staffordshire get?
We have submitted three bids:
- A50 to Alton Growth Corridor (JCB and Alton Towers).
- A518 Weston Road/ Blackheath Lane (Beacon Business Park).
- Gungate, Tamworth.
On 31 May 2013 we were awarded £3.6m from the pinch point fund to split between the schemes in the A50 to Alton Growth Corridor and Stafford (A518 Weston Road/ Blackheath Lane).
On 27 September 2013 an additional £80 million of further funding was announced.
A50 to Alton Growth Corridor
The total cost of this scheme was £2,706 million and we secured £1,894 million from government. The remaining funding is a local contribution.
A518 Weston Road/ Blackheath Lane
The total cost of this scheme was £2,507 million and we secured £1,712 million from government. The remaining funding is a local contribution.
The total cost of this scheme was £1,976 million and we secured £1.376 million from the goverment. The remaining funding is a local contribution.