Kent Sustainable Interventions Programme
The Kent Sustainable Interventions Programme (KSIP) scheme involves the delivery of smaller schemes which bridge a gap to larger, particularly LEP, schemes. The sustainable transport schemes funded under this element of the LGF programme are designed to complement these larger interventions and are designed to maximise the benefits for example by:
- ‘Locking in’ the decongestion benefits of highway schemes such as junction improvements by encouraging users to switch to walking, cycling and public transport through the provision of complementary facilities such as crossings, footway improvements, bus priorities and cycle lanes
- Increasing the usage of public transport schemes (including rail) by providing improved facilities to access the service. Cycle stands at a rail station or footpath improvements to a bus stop from a housing estate would be good examples
- Improving sustainable access within and into developments (e.g. housing, employment, education, healthcare) to encourage the use of walking, cycling and public transport. This will in turn improve social cohesion, provide healthy exercise and community safety as well as reducing car journeys
- Providing non-car access to facilities to enable those without cars to participate in the activities or facilities there
- Complementing the above with Smarter Choices initiatives such as publicity and travel plans which encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel.
Many are ‘sustainable transport’ schemes, including walking, cycling and public transport initiatives. However, small scale public realm or minor highway schemes may also be brought forward under this programme. The annual programme is based on a £0.5m pa funding bid, adding up to a total of £3.0m over the six financial years to March 2021.
- Capital Investment - Kent & Medway, LGF1, More than £2m