Posts Tagged ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’

First public bicycle pumps installed in South Glos

Posted on Saturday 19th July 2014 at 11:27 am by SH (Editor)

Public bicycle pump at Bitton.

The first free public bicycle pumps have been installed in South Gloucestershire.

Two new pumps have been installed on the popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path, with one situated in Bitton and the other in Warmley.

These heavy duty public bicycle pumps provide cyclists with a convenient facility to pump up deflated tyres. The pumps are permanent fixtures, bolted to the ground and are suitable for both types of tyre valve and have a handy gauge to check pressure. They feature a robust stainless steel pump handle and an armoured air hose, and have been designed to withstand constant use.

Two local organisations – Avon Valley Railway and Webbs of Warmley have kindly volunteered to look after the pumps and carry out routine maintenance, for example by replacing pump heads where necessary.

Richard Shacklock, manager at the Avon Valley Railway who will be taking care of the Bitton pump, said:

“This is a really good thing. We get so many cyclists here visiting the railway. It’s lovely to be able to give them back something by providing this facility.”

Simon Davis, director of Webbs of Warmley, has volunteered to take care of maintenance for the Warmley bike pump. He said:

“What a fantastic idea!”

The new free bicycle pumps are available as part of a drive to make the West of England region cycle-friendly and improve safety for cyclists and have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

To find free cycle pumps across the West of England region visit the Better by Bike website www.betterbybike.info/bikepumps

Photo: Richard Shacklock from Avon Valley Railway using the public bicycle pump at Bitton.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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LEP welcomes further transport investment

Posted on Thursday 28th June 2012 at 5:09 pm by SH (Editor)

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Business leaders are celebrating further investment to improve the local transport system, which is a key element in boosting the economy of the West of England.

Speaking on behalf of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the group that provides a platform for business and local councils to work together, Robert Sinclair, the Chief Executive of Bristol Airport, said the announcement of a further £24m from central Government through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund is great news:

“This investment is part of a much wider transport infrastructure programme which could see well over a billion pounds coming to the area making a substantial improvement in all modes of transport, including roads, buses, rail, cycling and walking.”

“The Local Enterprise Partnership has identified improving our transport infrastructure as a key priority which is shared by both business and the local authorities. It has been well established that there is a clear link between excellent transport connectivity and economic growth and job creation. We are delighted with the latest announcement which illustrates the confidence that central Government has in the West of England and our ability to deliver economic growth.”

“We have already seen a £79m investment in the Greater Bristol Bus Network, and earlier this year we received the green light for five Major Transport Schemes which have a combined value of £244m.”

“The £700m electrification of the Great Western mainline over the next three to four years will also significantly improve the journey times and our access to and from the capital.”

“Our next focus will be to work with the local councils tosecure funding for the Greater Bristol Metro rail scheme, and we hope a positive announcement on this will be forthcoming very shortly. The entire Local Enterprise Partnership is backing the £100m scheme which will be another very important milestone in transport improvements. In total, we could see well over a billion pounds in transport improvements coming our way over the next five to ten years.”

Source: West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

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South Glos to benefit from multi-million Government investment in transport

Posted on Thursday 28th June 2012 at 9:49 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

The West of England councils have been awarded £24 million by the Department for Transport to work with employers, schools, colleges and universities to encourage people to try a different way of getting about.

Around £9 million of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) will be spent directly in South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire Council will use the money to work with employers along key commuter routes to help improve sustainable transport choices for journeys to work and business. It will also be used to enhance and promote the use of public transport and encourage people to think about using alternatives to using a car, targeting people who move house, leave school or go to work, college or university for the first time.

Welcoming the bid, Cllr Pat Hockey, lead member on the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“We are delighted with the announcement which will help us fund transport schemes to improve options for walking, cycling and public transport in South Gloucestershire.”

“Working jointly with our neighbouring authorities and partners in the public and private sector will enable us to make the most of the funding to reduce carbon emissions and tackle congestion where it is needed most.”

The four West of England councils – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – successfully bid for £5million for the ‘Key Component Bid’ in 2011 which focussed on six key commuter routes. These routes encourage people to use sustainable forms of transport such as the bus, walking, cycling, or car sharing which is already showing positive results.

The joint West of England Sustainable Transport bid to the LSTF fund was submitted in August 2011 and was one of only eight submissions to be shortlisted straight through to the decision stage by the Department for Transport.

The total package including match funding from the councils and other partners is worth approximately £40 million.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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