Transport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to provide funding to complete the Sustrans network as part of the Government's cycling strategy.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Secretary of State has just announced a new £140 million funding programme for cycling. Cycling England will be responsible for the detailed delivery and direction of it. There is a commitment set out in "A Sustainable Future for Cycling" to provide 250 links to schools, which will form part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) and to build other infrastructure, such as cycling routes to business parks, which are also likely to be a part of the NCN.

In addition, there is a commitment to extend the successful Cycling Demonstration Towns programme by building on the success of the six existing locations with up to 10 new towns and cities and one large conurbation. We do not yet know how much hew cycling infrastructure these towns and cities will build, although doubtless some of it will take the form of extensions to the NCN.

In addition, Sustrans was awarded £50 million in December 2007 from the 'Peoples Millions' lottery for their Connect2 programme. This will provide 79 separate projects to link communities to places they want to access and will in the main form part of the NCN. Local authorities will be match funding these projects, largely from their local transport plan allocation from the Department, of which it is estimated English local authorities (outside London) will spend around £40 million on cycling in 2007-08.

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