Corporate, Transport

Travel SMART scheme extended

A scheme that gives people the chance to pitch for up to £10,000 to support green travel schemes in their neighbourhoods has been extended.

The Travel SMART scheme has been rolled out in Redhill West, Merstham in Reigate and in the Stoke and Stoughton areas of Guildford.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment

This follows a successful launch of the project in May, in the Westborough area of Guildford and the Sheerwater and Maybury areas of Woking.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Travel SMART has money available for projects that help people get around and boost economic growth. This could include setting up community car clubs, cycle training schemes or improving a subway.

“This isn’t simply limited to improvements to transport. We’d like people to come forward with ideas about how to bring services into local communities to reduce the need to travel, such as setting up a job club in a community centre or running an exercise group.”

Once community groups and local organisations pitch their ideas, larger projects are decided upon at a public vote.

There are two levels of grants available – up to £3,000 or up to £10,000. To be successful, a project must make it easier for people to travel or help bring services into their community.

It also needs to achieve at least one of the following:

  • Help people make better travel choices and improve accessibility
  • Improve people’s access to jobs or skills
  • Encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.

Residents will receive a leaflet through their door explaining how to get involved. The deadline for funding applications in Stoke and Stoughton is Wednesday, 5 December. The deadline for Redhill West and Merstham is Wednesday, 19 December.

To learn more and to apply for funding, visit http://www.travelsmartsurrey.info. Applications are also available from local schools and shops. Alternatively call 03456 009 009.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.

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