Surrey has won more than £14 million worth of government funding to help revolutionise transport in the county, it was announced today.
Last year, the county council submitted a funding bid to government for a series of sustainable transport measures in Guildford, Woking and Redhill.
The bid called Travel SMART includes plans for a new park and ride bus service, improvements to bus routes and services and better cycle paths.
The Department for Transport today announced it would provide £14.3 million after being impressed with the councils’ plans.
Surrey County Council worked closely together with Guildford, Woking and Reigate and Banstead borough councils on the bid, which also aims to use travel improvements to support regeneration and economic growth in the boroughs.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The Government has recognised the vision, skill and expertise we displayed in putting this bid together and our record in delivering major projects. We’ll use the money to make it quicker and easier for people to move around, while reducing carbon emissions and stimulating economic growth.”
The money from the Department of Transport will fund a number of projects including:
* More cycle routes linking business, shopping and residential areas, as well as improving existing routes
* Improvements to bus routes and stops, including giving buses priority at junctions and providing real time information
* Making areas more pedestrian friendly through increasing safety at crossings and providing more signs for walkers
* Helping people plan their journeys to make it easier to connect with different forms of transport
* A new link road in Sheerwater, Woking, supporting economic development
* A new park and ride bus service in Guildford
* Improved pedestrian and cycle access to Redhill town centre as well as better town centre signage and information points.
In July last year, Surrey County Council secured around £4 million worth of sustainable transport funding from the Department for Transport for projects in Guildford and Woking.
As part of the Travel SMART initiative, residents are being asked to put forward ideas to improve travel in their areas. Local people will then get the opportunity to decide which ideas are put into action. For more information, visit www.travelsmartsurrey.info.
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