UPDATE : Successful £29 Million Transforming Cities Fund Bid
HUGE IMPROVEMENT COMING TO STOKE-ON-TRENT FOR LOCAL BUS SERVICES AND OUR STATION
Months of hard work and lobbying the Government alongside the Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Jack Brereton MP and Jonathan Gullis MP has culminated in £29 million from the Department for Transport for Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Transforming Cities Fund.
Together with funding from other partners and the City Council, £35.7 million is being injected into revamping Stoke-on-Trent's transport network.
The funding includes:
- £19.2 million improving Stoke & Longton Stations
- £3.5 million for new buses
- £2.6 million for dedicated bus routes & station improvements
- £7.3 million for walking and cycling routes
Stoke-on-Trent station needs a brand-new transport hub with better access to taxis, buses and cycling, while also improving walking routes to and from the station.
Since my election, I have received much correspondence from constituents that the bus routes are simply inadequate. I have been lobbying Government for funding to address our buses and am pleased to see a focus on this as part of the TCF bid. The bid includes new proposals for better bus shelters, real-time bus information along the cross-city routes, new super-shelters for Quadrant Rd etc.
While the station revamp is welcome, new bus shelters and improvement for bus routes are an absolute priority, and I look forward to working with the City Council to continue to deliver for Stoke-on-Trent.