30/03/2010

Ceredigion receives increased transport grant

Ceredigion Council will receive an increase of over 4%, or £17,303, to its Local Transport Services Grant (LTSG) for the coming financial year.

The National Assembly’s Transport Minister, Plaid Cymru’s Ieuan Wyn Jones, announced that Ceredigion would be receiving a grant worth £441,946 for the 2010–2011 financial year compared to last year's £424,643.

Over £11m will be shared between county councils in Wales for the LTSG over the coming year, with individual authorities being allowed to choose which local transport services it wants to support based on its own priorities.

Following the Transport Minister’s announcement, Ceredigion's Assembly Member, Elin Jones, said:
“I welcome news that Ceredigion County Council will see an increase in its Local Transport grant for the coming financial year. This grant is intended to assist local authorities to provide bus and community transport services, and I hope that this increased funding will mean that local bus services aren’t threatened by budgetary pressures.

Plaid Cymru’s Penri James added:
“In the Steps to a Greener Economy for Ceredigion policy document which we published earlier this year, Plaid Cymru highlighted the benefits of an integrated public transport system. I hope this increased funding will allow Ceredigion County Council to continue its commitment to the present bus services and help lower local carbon emissions”.

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