Region wins £18m to help improve transport

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THE region has won £18m from government for travel improvements.

Transport for South Hampshire (TfSH) has been successful in its bid to the Department for Transport for the funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The partnership, which includes Hampshire County, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight councils, is one of only two bidders nationally to have been awarded the full value of their bid.

As reported in The News, earlier this week, the cash will be used to tackle congestion and support economic growth. It will contribute to an overall £31m package of measures to increase the number of people travelling on foot and by bicycle, bus or rail.

The money will be used for schemes, including the funding of a smart ticket for bus and ferry travel, promoting alternatives to driving and bus priority schemes,

Cllr Mel Kendal, chairman of TfSH said: ‘This funding will enable us to put a number of wide-ranging initiatives in place to significantly improve how people can travel around, to work, to school or college and for shopping and leisure – all of which are essential to the economic success of South Hampshire in the future, and in turn the south east.’

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, who is in charge of transportation at Portsmouth, said: ‘This is brilliant news. It will help tackle congestion, improve journeys for people cycling or using public transport, and be good for the environment.’