Travel spend wins increase

Councils are to receive £4 billion in funding over three years for local transport schemes, the government announced this week.

The capital settlement will finance schemes identified by councils in the second round of local transport plans submitted last year.

The sum includes £2.2 billion for highways maintenance and £1.8 billion for smaller schemes. This covers bus infrastructure, cycle lanes, road safety measures, better street lighting and road maintenance.

The funding is in addition to £7.9 billion pledged for major transport projects up to 2016 through the regional planning allocations.

Previous settlements were made annually, but the revised process allows councils to plan for the future.

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