£5m European Funding: Sustainable Transport

Call reference – OC05R19P 0907

Priority Axis: Sustainable Transport in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

Call closes – 25 October 2019, midnight

Download the full funding specification- call specification

Call to run a project to support sustainable transport in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Funding of up to £5m is available for projects that will improve  accessibility and connectivity within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and develop environmentally-friendly (including low-noise) and low-carbon transport systems.

The funding comes from the European Regional Development Social Fund (ERDF) and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (C&IoS) Growth Programme which aims to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

The economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is hampered by a range of transport development needs. By virtue of its peripherality and physical distance to markets, business growth is slowed by high transport costs and slower movement of goods and services which in turn impacts on the areas’ attractiveness to new business and inward investment. It is in particular adversely impacted by poor transport links to the core corridors of the Trans-European Transport network (the TEN-T network). These restrict trade opportunities as well as hamper travel for visitors to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which constrains growth of the tourist sector.

Recognition of the importance of good connectivity to aid economic development and growth in a Less Developed Region has been addressed in the UK’s TEN-T map, approved by the Commission, which includes the A30 as part of its comprehensive road network. The A30 is the main trunk road connecting Cornwall with the rest of England but remaining sections of single carriageway along parts of it constrains capacity, resulting in severe congestion and delays which impact on the local economy and limit opportunities for growth. Wider sustainability is an important element of growth and CIoS are committed to more sustainable forms of travel and promoting sustainable transport that enable us to deliver new technologies and create high value; knowledge based low carbon economic growth.

The road links are important routes for the Isles of Scilly as they provide good access to other transport links and service centres for those travelling to and from Scilly. Measures to improve resilience, frequency of travel and shortening of travel time would be advantageous to the whole area as well as to the Isles of Scilly’s and West Cornwall’s economies.

Support from the European Regional Development Fund will enable parts of the comprehensive network to be developed in order to reduce road congestion, speed up travel times and increase passenger numbers travelling on or through them, in line with the Local Transport Plan: Connecting Cornwall 2030

Investments are expected to improve reliability and increase productivity by addressing congestion bottlenecks in specific, capacity restricted sections of the TEN-T road and rail network.

More information about the call and its specification can be found here.