A BID for £100,000 funding to improve travel advice in York has been described as "exemplary" by the Department of Transport.

City of York Council has been awarded the additional funding towards the i-Travel York initiative, and is one of only nine local authorities to receive the backing.

The bid was entered in November, after the initial funding of £4.6 million for the scheme which sees tailored travel advice on walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing delivered to residents - was agreed by the Government in 2011.

Councillor David Levene said: “This is excellent news for York. i-Travel York has already proved to be a successful project with hundreds of residents already benefiting from this initiative and trying out new travel options.

"By supporting even more people to walk, cycle, use public transport, or car share across the city this will help to reduce traffic congestion, improve health, and meet our aims of increasing levels of cycling by 20 per cent and walking by 10 per cent by 2016.”

For more information on i-Travel York email enquiries@itravelyork.info

Alternatively, residents can sign up to the scheme at itravelyork.info