Funding boost to improve transport
MAJOR transport schemes in East Yorkshire could be in line for a £22m funding boost from the Government.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will be able to spend the cash on upgrading roads and other projects after 2015.
Transport Minister Norman Baker announced the amount of funding available as the Government prepared to devolve decision-making to Local Transport Bodies (LTB) such as the Humber LEP.
Its chairman, Lord Haskins, welcomed confirmation of the £22.2m and devolution of transport powers.
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He said: "Instead of bidding against other areas into a national pot, the Humber local authorities and the LEP will now be able to set their own priorities for locally important transport improvements.
"This gives us certainty in planning and guarantees that we get a fair share of the funding.
"The local authorities and the LEP are already well advanced in their preparations for handling this money so we should be able to get projects underway quickly when it arrives."
From 2015, each LTB will be allocated funding according to the number of people living within its boundaries. This means transport authorities will no longer need to bid for a share of funding from a central Government pot, instead choosing how to spend its own ring-fenced pot of cash.
The "indicative funding" levels published by the Department for Transport cover a four-year period.
Mr Baker said: "The devolution of major transport schemes will give real power to communities to make locally-accountable decisions about what will work best for them.
"The figures we have published today provide the clarity local areas need to plan for the future and, armed with these figures, local decision-makers can start looking at the kinds of infrastructure projects that will deliver the greatest benefits for local people.
"Many transport schemes deliver benefits far beyond their immediate surroundings and I would encourage local authorities to talk to their neighbours where joint schemes might be appropriate."
Using the figures released today, LTBs will be expected to develop provisional transport proposals by July.