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Scottish Government announces £50M in funding for low carbon transport; cycling, modal shifts, low carbon vehicles

The Scottish Government recently announced details of £50 million (US$79 million) spending to promote sustainable transport over the next four years.

Transport Scotland will work with stakeholders and partners to plan and deliver projects across the four years of the Future Transport Fund to make the most effective use of this investment in supporting the transition to low-carbon transport. The allocation of the first £11 million (US$17 million) under the Future Transport Fund for 2012-13 and 2013-14 is for the provision of cycling infrastructure and freight modal shift as well as for low carbon vehicles, including greener buses.

This funding will support delivery work in areas of activity including: the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure (including through the Plugged-in Places program); development of cycling and walking programmes (in collaboration with Sustrans); a third round of the Scottish Green Bus Fund in 2013/14; and the continuation of the Freight Facilities Grant (FFG)—a capital grant scheme which encourages the transfer of freight from road to rail or where the road option is cheaper.

Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency.


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