The United Kingdom will dedicate 8,160 million to the promotion of sustainable transport
LONDON, 23 October (EFE) – The British government announced today that it will invest £6.9 billion (8.16 billion euros) in new projects to promote the use of sustainable means of transport in England’s cities and regions.
Economy Minister Rishi Sunak will give details of the project next week, when he plans to present his next budget in Parliament.
Of the new funds committed, £5.7 billion (6.73 billion euros) will be devoted to improving rail facilities, stations and tram lines in cities outside London.
Another 1,200 million pounds (1,415 million euros) will also go to urban bus fleet renewal in locations outside the British capital.
As such, the executive seeks to promote its “regional rebalancing” plan, which is one of the pivots of the program with which Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a large absolute majority in the last general election in 2019.
Sunak said in a statement, “There is no reason why someone working in the north or center (of England) should wait longer for their bus or train to arrive in the morning than a person from the capital. ”
“This transport revolution will help correct the balance deficit and modernize our mobility network,” the economy minister said.
For the transport minister, Grant Shapps, the project will “boost local economies across the country.”
“These funds will act as a catalyst for the upliftment of towns and cities, improving their infrastructure and ensuring that more people have better access to jobs and education,” he said.
The announcement has been made a week before the start of the COP26 climate summit held in Glasgow (Scotland) to move forward towards meeting the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement.
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