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Sustainable transport settlement


In April 2022 we were awarded over half a billion pounds (£540m) to improve the West of England’s sustainable transport system. This was the highest amount of funding per head awarded in England.

This funding will make it easier for residents and visitors to travel in and around the region, accessing their homes, places of work and ways to enjoy themselves in a sustainable way.

The West of England is a great place to live, work and visit. We have a high potential economy with opportunities for significant for further growth being delivered by our residents and businesses. However, we know that the transport network in the region has acted as a constraint to this growth.

Sustainable transport settlement

What are the funding benefits?

The funding, awarded by the Department for Transport as part of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, will help unlock the following benefits:

  1. Delivering growth and productivity: Improving connections to housing and employment, and increasing links within our large towns and cities by providing investment in high quality public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure
  2. Levelling-up: Providing better access to jobs, education and services in a fairer way, opening up opportunities for our residents living in historically dis-connected areas and those with lower incomes by improving bus frequency and reliability.
  3. Decarbonising transport: Enhancing public transport services, creating new walking and cycling routes, and improving existing ones, will help to reduce car dependency. Offering more opportunities for people to travel sustainably, and delivering improvements to air quality in urban areas, will also improve the health and wellbeing of residents

Our Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, working with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, will drive the delivery of these benefits though a programme of investment in a range of projects spanning public transport, cycling and walking.