Councils offered transport enhancement funds

Written by Ellie

Councils across England have been offered funding to help drive forward the implementation of new technologies that could benefit motorists in their area.

A £2 million cash pot has been set up by the Department for Transport, with local authorities now being asked to apply for a portion of the fund to develop new projects that will greatly enhance journeys for all road users in the years ahead.

Bids are expected to range from £30,000 to £300,000 and authorities will be expected to provide a minimum of five per cent towards the total cost of these schemes.

It marks a focus on developing local transport networks to meet the needs of the 21st century driver, with examples including the introduction of new real-time traffic updates to be sent directly to drivers, as well as measures to install roadside sensors to monitor traffic densities.

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: "I want to deliver better, more enjoyable journeys and this £2 million fund will help councils invest in new technology to enhance the experience of driving.

"Britain has a proud history of innovation and I am delighted that councils will be able to use this money to develop systems to make journeys easier and safer."

Local authorities now have until 5 pm on September 30th to submit their proposals, with successful applicants to be announced by the end of November.

Posted on 25th August 2016

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