Following last weeks meeting with the National Coordinator Department for Tranport have now confirmed their position in writing.
Nicky Bassett Powell
1 Rye Hill Office Park
25 July 2016
Dear Nicky Bassett Powell
Thank you for your letter of 6 July to Robert Goodwill, about whether the Wheels to Work schemes would be eligible for the Access Fund. I have been asked to reply.
I am pleased to say that we welcome the inclusion of Wheels to Work schemes as part of Access Fund bids by Local Transport Authorities.
The Access Fund, which opened for applications on 5 July, has two clearly stated objectives:
• To support the local economy by supporting access to new and existing employment, education and training; and
• To actively promote increased levels of physical activity through walking and cycling
As you say in your letter, Wheels to Work schemes in all their forms improve access to work, skills, education or training. If a Wheels to Work scheme offers bicycles they will also help to increase levels of cycling.
I hope this assures you the Department continues to recognise and value the educational and employment benefits created by Wheels to Work’s activities.
Head of Programme and Delivery,
Sustainable Accessible Travel
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road