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Council's transport bid is praised
7:20am Monday 15th July 2013 in News
THURROCK Council’s work on promoting public transport and changing the way people travel has been recognised by the government.
The local authority was acknowledged this week in the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund report.
It was awarded around £5million in LSTF funding more than four years.
Its goal was to change people’s attitudes towards using sustainable transport and encourage people out of their cars.
Cllr Andy Smith, portfolio holder for transport, pictured, said: “It’s satisfying to know the work we are doing is being recognised nationally.
"It is essential that – as roads become more congested – alternative means of transport are considered and developed, things like public transport, cycling and walking.
“It not only makes economic sense, but it reduces our carbon emissions and is a far healthier option for us all.”
The three specific initiatives highlighted by the government were, the introduction of station travel plans for Grays and Chafford Hundred stations, a “walk to school month” held across 18 schools and safe and fuel efficient driving courses – delivered by the council’s Freight Quality Partnership.
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