Plymouth is one of ten cities set to benefit from a significant funding boost.
The city will receive a total of £7.6 million from the Transforming Cities Fund, a central Government pot that aims to improve transport provision with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport.
Following a successful bid from the Council, the money will go towards the design and delivery of better cycling, pedestrian and public transport routes in Plymouth’s northern corridor, an upgrade of the ticket barriers at Plymouth Station as well as the installation of more charging points for electric vehicles around the city.
A joint bid with Cornwall and Saltash Town Council has also seen funding awarded for cycling, walking and public transport improvements, spanning from the east of the city, through the city centre and then west of the Tamar Bridge to Saltash.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Plymouth has been included in this round of funding and that the government recognises what we’re trying to do.
“Sustainable transport is so important to our future. We must move with the times, we must reduce our carbon footprint and this money will give us the chance to do so.”
Nearly £2.5 million of the funding will be used for improvements in the northern corridor and could see 11.8 kilometers of walking and cycling routes boost connectivity between the city centre and Derriford.
It will also fund two new bus shelters and expand the Real Time Passenger Information system to allow better connectivity to the hospital, Marjon University and Plymouth Science Park.
Similar improvements are planned for an east to west corridor between Plymouth City Centre and the Tamar Bridge. Here, £2.35 million will fund 5.2 km of walking and cycling routes, new crossings, 11 upgraded bus shelters and 59 real time information screens, extended into Cornwall.
Meanwhile, £1.2 million will go towards an upgrade of the passenger concourse at Plymouth Station, complementing the existing and exciting plans to improve the area around the station to create improved public realm and additional station parking
Lastly, just over £250,000 will be invested in expanding the number of electric charging facilities so that Plymouth is ready for the expected growth in electric vehicles over the next 15 years.
The first stage of this project will see charge points pop up on Council land, around the city’s road network and at business premises across the city.
The Transforming Cities Fund is worth a total of £1.4 billion. In this, the first round of funding, £60 million has been released to ten cities.
The Council is now working with the Department for Transport to prepare its bid for the second round of funding.