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SDG-led funding application secures £60.3m for Blackpool tram

04 February 2008

The future of the Blackpool and Fleetwood tramway has been secured thanks to a £60.3m cash injection from the Government.

Last week's announcement of the funding allocation by the Department for Transport (DfT) follows on from a local transport plan major scheme business case, put together by Steer Davies Gleave (SDG).

The business case for the Blackpool tram upgrade, which was submitted to the DfT in 2005, outlined the proposed upgrade and set out the justification for Central Government Funding.

In 2006, the Government contributed £10.7m towards an £11.8m package of emergency works to address the worst deterioration of the tram system. This latest announcement secures Central Government`s contribution towards the £85.3 million upgrading programme.

Working with Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council since 2000, SDG reviewed the existing 120-year-old tramway system and operations, and developed upgrading and extension strategies. The company also undertook demand and revenue forecasting, operations planning and the preliminary design of track alignments.

SDG provided strategic advice to the client on procurement and funding issues for the Blackpool tram upgrade and led the development of the LTP major scheme funding application.

Under the Emergency Works programme, track on the Blackpool Promenade has been re-laid during the winters of 2006-2008, in conjunction with the reconstruction of the adjacent seawall. Further track renewals are being undertaken between Blackpool and Cleveleys. New electrical substations are also being built at the northern end of the route.

The further improvements will include refurbishment of the track on the rest of the route to Fleetwood, new tram stops, as well as 16 new fully accessible trams. The historic trams will continue to serve Blackpool's famous seafront promenade.

"The Blackpool tram upgrade funding will allow the renewal of the infrastructure to be completed and a fleet of fully accessible trams to be introduced alongside the much-loved heritage vehicles," SDG's project manager Steve Hunter said.

"It will make a vital contribution to the regeneration of the Fylde Coast."

Work is expected to begin in 2009, for completion in 2012.

SDG to advise on CfIT proposals for bus-operator funding reform

23 January 2008

Steer Davies Gleave will examine the practical aspects of implementing a policy to replace the existing Bus Services Operations Grant (BSOG) with Incentive per Passenger Payments (IPP) on behalf the Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT). 

Region: UK & Ireland
Category: Press releases

SDG's development planning team continues to grow

14 January 2008

Three new specialists have joined Steer Davies Gleave's development planning team in London to support major development projects such as the delivery of the transport strategy for the new Landsdowne Road Stadium in Ireland, the Everton Stadium and Tesco`s retail proposals for Kirkby and the interchange development proposals at Euston Station.

Region: UK & Ireland
Category: Press releases

Simulating changes in CO2 emissions

12 January 2008

Transport generates about 22% of the UK's CO2 emissions, most of it from road transport. Last year's draft Climate Change Bill proposed reducing emissions by between 26% and 32% by 2020, and even more after that.

Economic impacts of major US public transport investments

05 January 2008

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and transport consultancy, Steer Davies Gleave, have been awarded a contract from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) to develop an improved methodology for evaluating the economic impacts of proposed public transport projects.

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