Speed limits to be funded by car parks

SCHEMES to reduce speed limits outside schools and to support sustainable travel in Suffolk are to be paid for out of the �730,000 profit made by car parks in the county.

SCHEMES to reduce speed limits outside schools and to support sustainable travel in Suffolk are to be paid for out of the �730,000 profit made by car parks in the county.

The county council's executive cabinet gave the green light to a number of Suffolk-wide projects after inviting the seven district authorities to submit applications for funds from the surplus.

Three car parks are operated by the county - Cromwell Square in Ipswich and on Angel Hill and at Cornhill/Buttermarket in Bury St Edmunds - and Suffolk also collects the revenue from on-street parking meters in both towns.

Car parking in Ipswich made a profit of �160,000 for the county and �570,000 was raised in Bury and transport portfolio holder Guy McGregor said the cash had to be ploughed back into funding public transport and highways and environment improvements projects.


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A package of sustainable transport initiatives for Ipswich will receive �65,000 and will include personal and workplace travel planning and improving internet and mobile phone information.

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