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Funding bid for transport innovation put forward

27 August 2019

Norfolk County Council’s cabinet is set to agree the details of an application for funding that aims to significantly reduce levels of single car occupancy in Norwich.

Proposals are being put forward to the government’s Future Mobility Zone (FMZ) fund, which is a £90m pot of capital funding that’s been made available to those on the shortlist for its £1.2bn Transforming Cities Fund.

In May, the County Council became one of seven applicants that made it through to the second and final stage of the bid.  An outline business case and programme of activity is now being put forward.

If funding is secured the project would deliver:

  • Access to comprehensive travel information for all transport modes in Greater Norwich via an app, which will enable users to compare different journey options
  • A substantial increase in the provision of electric forms of transport, including buses, cycles and car club vehicles, as well as the potential trialling of new forms of transport
  • Behaviour change campaigns to encourage the use of sustainable and shared forms of transport

Councillor Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, says: “The chance to apply for investment from the government’s Future Mobility Zone fund is another way in which we hope to benefit from securing Norwich’s place on the Transforming Cities shortlist.

“Working with our Greater Norwich partners and project stakeholders, we’re planning to support the Transforming Cities programme of sustainable transport improvements with a system that provides the tools people need to make more informed choices about how they travel.

“By investing in better technology and infrastructure at the same time, they can work hand in hand to help relieve congestion, reduce carbon emissions and improve our strategic transport links.”

Final details are still being developed but the current estimated scheme cost is £24.6m, £16.2m of which would be requested through the FMZ fund and the remaining amount through local and partner contributions.

The application is due to be submitted to central government at the end of September, with a funding decision due before Christmas. Up to three areas will be chosen by the Secretary of State as Future Mobility Zones.

Cabinet will consider the FMZ fund report when it meets at 10am on Monday 2 September. The meeting will be webcast live via YouTube and a recording available on the same channel afterwards.

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