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Derby wins share of £2.735m bid to help boost sustainable transport

Derby will receive just over £1m over a three year period to encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport such as cycling.

The money has been awarded to Derby City Council from the Department for Transport's (DFT) Sustainable Travel Access Fund (2017/18 – 2019/20) following a joint bid between Derby City Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

The £60m Access Fund, which was launched by the DfT last July, supports sustainable transport projects that help to grow the economy by boosting levels of cycling and walking, and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.

Derby will encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport through two work streams.

The Metro Connected Communities work stream aims to encourage behaviour change in local communities to improve air quality and public health by providing:

  • Targeted households with personal travel plans to encourage the use of zero or low emission transport alternatives, helping to improve air quality in that area
  • Active Travel Services in communities to encourage more physical activity through walking and cycling by providing services such as adult cycle training and led rides.
  • A programme of active travel events, including working in partnership with British Cycling to support cycling events and encourage participation.

The Metro Jobs work stream will support local economic development, by improving access to work, jobs and skills with programmes to support employers, business innovation and those seeking employment by providing:

  • Workplace travel planning activities for local employers, including personal journey planning that will support and encourage individuals to commute by sustainable modes of travel. Specifically, we will work with local employers to improve sustainable transport options at their premises by supporting the development of travel plans.
  • Jobseeker travel support to help individuals overcome travel barriers and connect to jobs. This will include the creation of drop in services to help job seekers access travel solutions including access to bikes, journey budding, cycle training and general travel information.