We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the relevant points in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

Overall there is a 37% reduction in the DfT's operational budget - among the deepest cuts to any department. However, in capital terms the transport budget increases by 50%, with a focus on Network Rail, roads, highway maintenance and HS2. (Further detail can be found in pages 55-56 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 document. See the table on page 55 for budget breakdown.)

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Act TravelWise Director Craig Barrack will be delivering a presentation at an important national conference on 14 July, titled 'Policy Priorities for Transport - The Industry's Manifesto to the Conservative Government'. The theme of the presentation itself will be 'Priorities for the UK’s Local Travel Services'.

If you are with a local authority or otherwise involved in local transport, we would like to ask for your input on this presentation. In essence, what should the new Government be doing in terms of sustainable transport? Your views will be incorporated into a coherent message to the new Government.

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The Department for Transport (DfT), supported by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Transport Systems Catapult, has opened its recurring Transport-Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) competition, offering fully-funded grants of up to £25,000 to help stimulate novel ideas in transport. Applications will be accepted from 29 June, with a deadline of midnight on 20 July 2015.

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Over 30 people attended the workshop on 21 April at the offices of DfT to hear the Department's Economic Appraisal experts introduce the recently launched Toolkit on appraisal of sustainable travel schemes and share their insights on what makes a good bid.

The workshop, which was exclusively for Act TravelWise members, was the first of a number of sessions that will be run across the UK in the coming months.

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