for European travel funding
Transport planners say support is growing for a near-£5m scheme
to make the area a haven for safe and tranquil travel.
friendly diesel-electric buses, extra pedestrianisation, buses running
on flexible routes, and even loan cars available by the hour, are
all included in a Lancashire County Council-led European funding
bid to be considered in the spring.
"We want to see transport in the Preston area move into the
21st century," said councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire
County Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation.
"A clean and safe environment will need transport that is flexible
and in tune with people's needs.
"There is much competition from other European cities for this
funding, but we have the support in place to make a big impact.
Commissioners will look at all the bids in the spring and the winners
should be able to start work by late-2004," councillor Yates
Preston Bus, a partner in the bid, hopes to buy diesel/electric
buses if the bid is successful. The diesel engines will power the
buses until the batteries are charged in a step that will reduce
Car clubs are also included in the scheme, with small cars available
for hire from neighbourhood compounds for trips such as shopping
and family visits. Demand-responsive buses will also travel small
distances off their normal routes to encourage people to leave the
car at home.
For further information contact Neil Graham on 01772
531095 or email@example.com.