On 16 April, together with my noble and right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, I announced the Government's plans to promote ultra low-carbon vehicles. That will include financial help for those who wish to purchase low-carbon cars. During the Easter parliamentary recess, my noble Friend the Minister of State, who has responsibility for rail, made a six-day, highly successful rail tour of the United Kingdom. He travelled 2,200 miles on local and national services, and has since announced the appointment of two station champions to suggest ways in which station facilities could be improved.
On 21 April, the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Jim Fitzpatrick, announced the publication of the Government's new wide-ranging road safety proposals, aimed at making Britain's roads the safest in the world. Yesterday I was in Manchester to welcome an accelerated transport package for Greater Manchester, including plans for new Metrolink lines from Chorlton to East Didsbury and from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne. These extensions, along with those already under way, will result in Manchester's tram network being twice the size that it is today.
The Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Paul Clark, invited English cities to bid for up to £29 million in funding to be the country's first sustainable travel city. That follows the success of the country's three sustainable travel towns.