The RTP has a 3 year budget of £32 million. It is a grant scheme administered by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to assist communities in improving transport in their local area. It has since been extended until March 2006.
What are the aims of the RTP scheme?
The main aim of the RTP is enhancing rural transport services to secure a long term improvement in rural people's access to jobs services and social activities, and in visitor's sustainable access to the countryside. Where possible, the fund should also promote social inclusion and tackle the problems of rural isolation.
The RTP is intended to support largely community based transport initiatives which serve the accessibility needs of the residents in any part of rural England, including villages, country towns and market towns (providing the proposal needs meet the criteria of the fund).
Working in partnership is a very effective way of doing this. The RTP offers particular benefits to those prepared to work together in a local rural transport partnership to resolve the needs they identify in their area.
Source: Countryside Agency
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