Metro Mayor wins bumper Transport cash injection for region

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has secured a multi million transport fund for the West of England

The Metro Mayor has been pledged between £540 million to £880 million over five years by the government to enable him to improve transport across the West of England. This is a significant increase in transport funding for the region.

“City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements” from the government are only available to areas with Metro Mayors – and only certain Metro Mayor areas have won the cash.

Mr Norris said: “I’m delighted that the West of England will be benefitting from this additional investment and look forward to being at the heart of the delivery of exciting projects to enable people to get around the region swiftly. There are too many traffic jams – but now we’ve got a chance to make a real change.”

The Mayor called on the Bristol council Mayor and the S Glos and Bath and NE Somerset leaders to work with him to ensure local plans are joined up and cohesive. He said: “This can’t be about pet projects it’s got to be about what’s best for the region. We’ve got a massive opportunity here and local people will expect us to get on with the job of fixing our broken transport system. Frankly we must. There is a climate emergency and part of meeting our ambitious targets will be enabling more cycling and walking and making switching out of cars the most attractive option.”

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