Mark Whitehead 28 September 2018

May announces £840m public transport investment

Prime minister Theresa May has announced £840m investment in public transport links as part of the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund.

She says Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, the North East, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent and West Yorkshire will all bid for a share of the funding.

According to the Government, the fund is already delivering major improvements in England in projects which include the Brierley Hill tram lines extension in the West Midlands and £160m towards the Beeline Cycle Network in Greater Manchester.

Over the next four years the new allocation of funding will be used to improve transport links in city regions, linking travel to work areas, increasing access to jobs and helping ensure that businesses have the infrastructure they need to thrive.

The funding could go towards upgrades such as new bus routes between residential areas and major employment hubs, smart technology aimed at reducing congestion, or rolling out docking stations for e-bikes.

Mrs May said: 'Our great cities and their suburbs are home to millions of people and world-beating businesses.

'We want to help them succeed, so as part of our modern industrial strategy we will fund £840m of upgrades for better, safer, faster transport links.'

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