£300,000 to support public transport improvements
Written by Dean Churm on March 2, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council has announced it is set to invest £300,000 to support the improvement of sustainable public transport in the borough.
The cash will be used to develop and invest in measures to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles and use bus and rail services, and has been made possible following changes to the council’s finances including a one-off VAT refund.
Options will be explored over the next 12 months with the Council consulting residents, bus users and organisations on how the investment can be targeted and maximised.
The Council says specific measures could include the roll out of smart ticketing, improvements to bus stops, the roll out of real time bus service information, and a young persons travel offer. They will also look at developing a demand responsive transport service to improve accessibility to the borough’s industrial estates.
Councillor Hilda Rhodes, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Transport and Roads, said: “I am delighted that we are able to make this money available to fund a range of new public transport initiatives. We will put service users at the heart of this and their input into which initiatives this money will fund will be vital so we will be consulting with service users and user groups as well transport service providers.”
The Council will launch further information and begin consultations over the next few months.