Transforming Cities Fund

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether market towns will have equal access to the Transforming Cities Fund alongside metropolitan areas; how he plans to achieve equity on access to the Transforming Cities Fund throughout the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

While the Transforming Cities Fund is aimed at transforming intra-city connectivity and driving productivity in city regions across England, the Government expects that where market towns form part of these city regions, they will also benefit from the improved connections between urban centres and their commuter areas. To ensure that investments are truly transformational across their whole area, the Department will work closely with city regions that have been shortlisted to receive a share of the Fund, to co-develop innovative public and sustainable transport packages.

Alongside this, the £675m Future High Streets Fund will support and fund local areas’ plans to renew and reshape their high streets and town centres in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability. This fund is open to all places, with no minimum population restrictions.

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