On 7 February 2012 the department announced £15 million of new funding for sustainable travel projects across the country that will promote economic growth and cut carbon. This is in addition to the £560 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
This Community Linking Places Fund and is primarily for improvements to cycling and walking. In addition the fund must be used to support jobs, enhance access to employment and encourage greater use of more environmentally friendly transport.
The £15 million fund has been split between Sustrans - the UK transport charity - and the Cycle Rail Working Group (CRWG) - the body which brings together representatives of the rail industry and the cycling sector. Sustrans will receive £8 million for projects to enhance cycle routes across England. The remaining £7 million will be allocated through CRWG to improve integration between cycle and rail at stations.
Criteria for being awarded funding included meeting the above objectives along with attracting funding from other sources and complementing local initiatives which aim to support the economy.