Lib Dem Minister gives Manchester £32,460,000

Local Sustainable Transport Fund

Yesterday Lib Dem Minister Norman Baker MP announced Government  funding worth £32,460,000 for Transport for

Lib Dem Minister Norman Baker

Greater Manchester (TfGM) to fund the Let’s Get to Work scheme from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). It is fantastic that the LSTF government initiative is continuing to allocate funds for projects that will stimulate economic growth whilst reducing carbon emissions throughout the country. A single Greater Manchester-wide bid was lodged and we have now received the funds, the second highest allocation in the country, which will be spent on making travel in Manchester greener and easier.

Sustainable Commuting

Let’s Get to Work has some great initiatives that can now get underway thanks to the money that the Lib Dem Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, has allocated to Manchester. The scheme aims to take 26 million km of car journeys off the road and turn them into 10 million extra public transport

Me on my bike!

journeys and 2 million extra cycling trips which could mean a potential reduction in carbon emissions of around 1,000 tonnes a year, which can only be a good thing. One of the core themes for Let’s Get to Work is ‘active travel’ that will involve different cycling initiatives including the Greater Manchester Commuter Cycle Project and projects to give people cycle training making Manchester greener and healthier.

The Economy

Now that the scheme can go ahead we can look forward to the prospect of a more mobile workforce therefore increasing the labour pool for employers and making it easier for employees to get to work. TfGM say the package has the potential to create the equivalent of 900 jobs, save businesses 1500 absentee days and save 1 million person hours of travel time each year. All this combined will help boost the competitiveness of Greater Manchester’s economy to the tune of £28 million according to Let’s Get to Work’s proposals.

Overall the Government funded scheme should have a very positive impact on our area making us healthier, helping the environment, boosting the economy and saving us time and money. A big “Thank you” to Lib Dem Transport Minister Norman Baker!

6 responses to “Lib Dem Minister gives Manchester £32,460,000

  1. Just one cheer – the Tory Govt has taken much more from Manchester. We Northerners are taking the brunt of the cuts whilst the Tories give tax breaks to the rich. How can bear to part of Cameron’s Govt?

  2. More people cycling should reduce the NHS bill on obesity related conditions, cardiovascular related problems, blood pressure and diabetes related issues etc etc. Good that this issue is still being addressed.
    I would love, at some point, to see the Metrolink truly integrated into the rail transport network where bicycles are accepted onto it, and the cost per mile is not disproportionately expensive when compared with the rest of a long rail journey. Of course I’m not expecting this to happen overnight, but in the longer term it’s something I would like to see!
    One other point: more and more people seem to be using mobility scooters. Many of these individuals could benefit from using something akin to power assisted bikes, where there is an option to power it using one’s muscles. It would be great if there was some scheme to promote this as an alternative to the scooters, which one sees with increasing frequency.

  3. Fantastic news John – Greater Manchester’s transport infrastructure needs investment and a rethink. Not read the details yet, but personally really glad that attention is being given to this important issue.

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