LSTF helps better transport links

LSTF helps Wheels to Work Schemes to make better transport links

A review of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund shows that it has helped to support the economy by providing better sustainable transport links to workplaces.  This has included supporting a number of Wheels to Work projects.

The Department for Transport published its 2013/14 annual report on the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) in February 2015.

The report (which can be found here) gives an update on how LSTF was used and details some of the 93 active projects which were funded during 2013/14.

Support for the economy was one of the overarching themes for funding provided during the annual reporting period, with an emphasis on providing better sustainable transport links to workplaces.

Project activities have been aimed at helping job seekers overcome transport obstacles that might prevent them gaining employment.  A total of 40 projects worked in partnership with Job Centre Plus during 2013/14, typically extending partnerships to service providers and community-based organisations working with young people and job seekers.  

In some cases the packages of travel support are comprehensive, including personally tailored travel plans, travel training, cheap or free public transport passes, provision of bicycles, electric bicycles and mopeds, or provision of vehicles where other options are unavailable.

Wheels to Work projects have featured heavily in helping to support a sustainable economy. For example, funding for one Wheels to Work scheme has provided 130 people with assistance to reach employment or training, mainly through sale or loan of low-cost bicycles, but also by providing mopeds and by covering interview travel expenses.

Below are examples of projects which have been supported by local authorities to provide alternative means of accessing employment where other options or costs are prohibitive; without LSTF this might not have been possible.

 

Devon County Council

Breaking the link between economic growth, carbon and congestion (£4.941m)

www.devon.gov.uk/ltp3

This project aims to transform travel patterns in the three fastest growing areas of Devon. To achieve this, work hubs will be created in rural areas and market towns to make home-based working more viable; traffic management measures will be implemented; and park and ride sites will be established near core bus routes. In addition, the project will support a wheels-to-work scheme and install electric vehicle charging points. This project aims to transform travel patterns in the three fastest growing areas of Devon. To achieve this, work hubs will be created in rural areas and market towns to make home-based working more viable; traffic management measures will be implemented; and park and ride sites will be established near core bus routes. In addition, the project will support a wheels-to-work scheme and install electric vehicle charging points.

 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

‘Get Moving Goole’ - Goole Sustainable Transport Package (£0.943m)

http://www.eastriding.gov.uk

This project supports and complements the LTP3 Goole Transport Strategy and aims to deliver a step-change in sustainable transport provision in Goole. ‘Get Moving Goole’ has been developed to address a number of key transport challenges in Goole, including accommodating the predicted increase in vehicular trips generated from the substantial employment and housing growth projected for Goole; reducing the high proportion of short car trips by Goole residents to employment, education, healthcare and leisure facilities; and ensuring that the high number of households in Goole without a car have access to employment and other essential services. This will be achieved by implementing travel plans for businesses, schools, Goole Hospital, Goole Leisure Centre and Goole railway station; improving cycling infrastructure and promoting these facilities; expanding the Wheels to Work scheme; and implementing a marketing and communications strategy, including personalised travel planning. Successful delivery of the project will accommodate the housing and employment growth forecast for Goole, while improving journey time reliability on the local road network and improving access to employment and other essential services. These outcomes will ensure the provision of a good quality, efficient and reliable sustainable transport network, increasing the attractiveness of Goole to both existing and new businesses.

 

North East Lincolnshire Council

Travelling Towards a Vibrant Economy: ‘Supporting economic growth in North East Lincolnshire’ (£4.330m)

www.nelincs.gov.uk

This project will support economic growth in North East Lincolnshire by improving public transport for those travelling to and from the town centre and other local employment zones. The project aims to increase travel choices for people wanting to access employment and also supports schemes which encourage the use of more active travel. Specific measures include provision of an indoor bus waiting area; real time travel information to improve reliability and information for public transport users; a travel voucher scheme to support the unemployed back into work; a community led wheels-to-work scheme to overcome barriers to employment; a pedestrian / cycle link between the bus  area and the train station; a cycle hub enterprise at Grimsby Station; implementation of the Move More scheme to promote active travel to schools and workplaces; and promotion of an online car sharing scheme.

Rutland County Council

Travel4Rutland (£4.016m)

www.rutland.gov.uk

This project targets problems of isolation in a sparsely populated county; a lack of transport solutions for job seekers looking to access work and training (which in turn affects businesses hoping to recruit locally); a need to grow the rural economy, especially around tourism, and reduce carbon emissions by encouraging sustainable travel choices; and a desire to improve health and reduce social inequalities by providing opportunities for physical activity. Rutland’s project aims to solve these problems through a countywide demand responsive transport service; an employment shuttle bus linking job seekers with jobs; a tourism bus connecting key areas with cycle infrastructure improvements and satellite cycle hubs; and a sustainable transport interchange hub, which includes ‘Wheels-to-Work’ and cycle hire facilities.

 

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority

A sustainable journey to work in South Yorkshire (£4.981m)

www.syltp.org.uk

This project is designed to improve access to work for residents of areas with poor transport accessibility and high unemployment. Measures include an enhanced Wheels-to-Work scheme, new cycle packages and a Jobconnector Bus Service.

A summary of all the projects supported by LSTF can be found here.

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