Note from the Department of Transport
Local Government Regions
The correct answers to the two questions at
15(a) and (b) are:
OBJECTIVE 1 FUNDING
15. Investment funds for moving assets
(a) What is the Government's view on the
use of Objective 1 funding for moving assets such as buses, trams
or trains given the successful use of such funds in this type
of investment in the Republic of Ireland?
The Government's view is that provided a project
meets some of the aims, objectives and needs identified in the
programme agreed by the EC, it may be supported. Objective 1 funding
is being sought for a tram scheme in Merseyside and in South Yorkshire
under the current Objective 1 programmes. However, these are likely
to support the provision of infrastructure, rather than mobile
(b) Have Objective 1 funds been used previously
in this way in the UK?
The Merseyside Objective 1 programme during
1994-99 used Structural Funds towards the costs of infrastructure
projects related to the improvement of transport communications.
These have involved the provision of bus and rail station facilities,
bus lanes and infrastructure at the airport and docks. They have
not involved the provision of large mobile assets.