What is the Transforming Cities Fund?
In November 2017, the Department for Transport launched the £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). In October 2018, further funding was announced, making the fund £2.45 billion in total. TCF has aims to improve productivity by investing in public and sustainable transport infrastructure and providing intra-city connectivity in England. TCF focuses on four key themes; bus priority measures, traffic signal upgrades, segregated cycle routes, and city-centre public realm upgrades.
In June 2020, Nottingham and Derby City Councils received over £160m from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund to build a package of transport schemes aimed at strengthening connections between major employment sites, upgrading public transport, and improving facilities for people on foot or bike – an increasingly important investment following the declaration of a climate crisis in 2021.
A joint submission by Derby and Nottingham City Councils reflects a commitment to work together to address cross boundary mobility pressures, maximise the impact of transport investments, encourage an increase in journeys by low carbon, sustainable travel modes in order to contribute to climate change objectives, tackle air pollution, and contribute to improving public health.