Bus Rapid Transit schemes in Bristol, East Lancashire and South Yorkshire share £102m of funding.

Funding of £214.2m for seven local bus and rail projects was announced last week by transport secretary Justine Greening.

The announcement, which followed the £1bn-plus investment in passenger transport schemes in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last month (PT021), includes £102.4m of funding for three Bus Rapid Transit schemes – in Bristol, East Lancs and South Yorkshire.

Two rail schemes were also given the go ahead – the Croxley Rail Link, which will extend London’s Metropolitan line to Watford Junction, and the ‘NUCKLE’ project to enhance rail services between Coventry and Nuneaton.
However, there was disappointment for the promoters of the £250m Leeds Next Generation Transport trolleybus project and South Essex Rapid Transit. Greening said she was not yet in a position to take a decision on these projects.

Passenger transport schemes approved for funding by the Department for transport this month
Department for Transport (Local Authority Majors – Development Pool Schemes Decisions), December 2011
Cost (£m)/
Scheme name DfT funding (£m) Summary
Bath Transportation Package 28.6/11.7 Park and ride site expansions and bus priority measures plus improvements
Coventry-Nuneaton Rail Upgrade (NUCKLE) 18.8/9.8 Enhanced rail service and two new stations on the Coventry-Nuneaton railway line
Croxley Rail Link (Watford) 115.9/76.2 Extension of the Metropolitan line from Croxley to Watford Junction mainline station
Elmbridge Transport (Gloucester) 16.5/14.1 Package including park and ride site between Cheltenham and Gloucester
North Fringe to Hengrove BRT (Bristol) 92.9/51.1 BRT scheme from the north of the city via the city centre to Hengrove in the south
Pennine Reach (East Lancs Rapid Transit) 39.8/31.9 Bus enhancements in Blackburn and East Lancs, including bus priority measures
South Yorkshire Bus Rapid Transit Phase 1 34.3/19.4 New bus rapid transit from Sheffield along the Lower Don Valley toward Rotherham


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