Transport projects get £2.8m injection
TRANSPORT projects in Cornwall have been given funding of more than £2.8 million.
Cornwall Council has been given £2,877,000 from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve transport links in Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell and Truro.
Most, £2.29 million, will go towards the Central and East Cornwall Sustainable Transport Network which will increase bus frequency, improve waiting facilities with new high-quality, more accessible shelters and provide better cycle parking and real-time information available on street and via mobile phones.
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Also receiving funding will be Wheels To Work, a scheme which offers bike, moped and electric scooter leases to those who do not have access to public transport.
The council is also a partner in a scheme which received £578,000 to provide sustainable transport for schools.
Cornwall Council last year successfully bid for funding for electronic ticket machines on buses which read smartcards that can be loaded with credit.
Councillor Graeme Hicks, the council's Cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "The council intends to build on its success of delivering transport schemes with partner organisations and operators and continue to develop much-improved travel options for the public."