On 30 January 2013 the department announced a boost of £15 million to the Community Linking Places Fund giving a total fund of £30 million for sustainable travel projects across the country that will promote economic growth and cut carbon.
This Community Linking Places Fund 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.
On 7 February 2012 the department announced the original £15 million which 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. The second allocation will also be split between the 2 organisations.
Sustrans will receive a further £7.5 million (£15.5 million in total) for projects to enhance cycle routes across England. The remaining £7.5 million (£14.5 million in total) 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. The Minister for Transport has approved all the schemes that will benefit from this new funding.