£4.9 million for a transport bid has been won by Central Bedfordshire Council to help regenerate Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard. The "South Central Bedfordshire Smarter Routes to Employment" programme aims to cut carbon emissions while promoting economic growth.
The announcement was made recently by Norman Baker, MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (LibDem) who announced government backing worth a total of £113 million for 30 local transport projects.
CBC aim to use the funding to increase travel choices for residents and businesses, thereby reducing car use in town centres, and cutting personal travel costs. Typically this will help to tackle congestion by improving links between where people live and work, and by promoting walking, cycling, lift sharing, train, bus use and alternatives to travel. A wide variety of people backed the bid by CBC, including local authorities, schools, community groups, voluntary organisations, public transport operators and members of the business community.
Cllr Alan Winter. Highways representative Houghton Regis Town Council, said, "This funding will be spread over three years so we don't yet know what schemes will be implemented for the town. But we did discuss ideas with the officers putting the bid together. Typical of the suggestions put forward was to realign the pelican crossing at the top of Poynters Road so that it aligned to the footpath into the Industrial Estate. And to improve the cycle path and pedestrian routing across Park Road North near to Sandringham Drive."