Laura Sharman 24 August 2018

Councils warn a lack of funding holding back sustainable travel

Councils warn a lack of funding holding back sustainable travel image

A lack of funding is stopping councils from investing in sustainable travel, council leaders have warned today.

A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that while the majority of councils have introduced measures such as 20mph zones and secure cycle parking, more than eight out of ten said a lack of revenue funding was stopping them from investing in sustainable travel.

The LGA said councils would be able to do more to promote exercise and reduce care use if the Government provided long term funding certainty for sustainable travel.

Cllr Judith Blake, transport spokesperson for the LGA, said: 'Uncertainty and a lack of revenue funding are highlighted as clear barriers to investment.

'The LGA has been calling on the Government to provide long term funding certainty as well as to reinvest 2 pence per litre of existing fuel duty into local road maintenance which would generate £1 billion a year for councils to spend on promoting sustainable travel, reducing congestion and improving roads.'

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