Active and Sustainable Travel Funds

Confirm / provide the following information relating to active and sustainable travel:

Whether the Council has applied for (or is planning to apply for) any of the below Government funds:

Transforming Cities Fund
Reopening High Streets Safely Fund
Local Growth Fund
Towns Fund
Access Fund

The County Council has applied for the following Government funds:
Transforming Cities Fund
Local Growth Fund
Access Fund
Reopening High Streets Safely Fund and Towns Fund were primarily targeted at lower tier authorities within Devon

If so, confirm whether you have been successful in accessing funds and how much has been awarded?  

Transforming Cities Fund

The County Council bid for the following projects:

Project Bid-DfT.* Local Match Total
Marsh Barton Station £6.8m £8.2m £15m
Exe Bridges Bus Priority £1.5m £1.0m £2.5m
Exeter Bus Station £4.7m £4.0m £8.7m
Total £13.0 £13.2m £26.2

*DfT – Department for Transport

The bid was unsuccessful. The purpose of the fund was to support the largest city regions with workday populations above 200,000 people and so Exeter with a significantly lower workday population was possibly not the intended target for the fund. 

Local Growth Fund

The County Council was successful in securing funding for the following projects:

Scheme Name
Total LGF contribution (£m)
Total Scheme Cost (£m) Status
Bridge Road, Exeter 5.30 13.46 Delivered in 2017
A 382 widening, Newton Abbot 6.50 13.05 On Site- completion in Winter 2020/21
A361 Portmore to Landkey Stage 1 0.76 1.58 Delivered in 2017
Roundswell Phase 2, Barnstaple 1.64 2.7 Delivered in 2017
A38 Deep Lane junction, Sherford 1.98 3.1 Delivered in 2017
A379 Newcourt junction, Exeter 0.82 2.70 Delivered in 2016
A39 Heywood Road junction, Bideford 0.07 2.83 Awaiting final business case approval for NDLR – construction in 2021/22
Marsh Barton, Exeter, New Railway Station 4.37 15.0 Contractor appointed – completion by Summer 2022
Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension 1.19 5.7 Delivered in 2018
Houghton Barton Package 2.88 9.17 Out to tender – construction in 2021/22
TOTAL 25.51 75.09

Access Fund

The County Council was successful in securing an initial £1.5m Access Fund grant, as below:

Funding Source 2017/18 (£m) 2018/19 (£m) 2019/20 (£m)
DfT Access Fund grant 0.5 0.5 0.5
DCC contribution 0.02 0.02 0.02
3rd party contribution 0.072 0.097 0.97
TOTAL 0.592 0.617 0.617

 If the council has any plans in place on how to use this funding?

In February 2020 Devon was awarded an additional £0.5m for financial year 2020/21 

The individual and department (name and job title) responsible and how we can potentially contact them to discuss further?

For further enquiries on the above, contact Jamie Hulland (, Transportation Strategy and Road Safety Manager in Planning, Transportation and Environment

Full details of the DfT Access Fund submission is publicly available on the Travel Devon website