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Transport: East of England

Transport written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport

(1) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of bus lanes in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of bicycle paths in (a) Mid- Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of footpaths in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for capital investment in transport. Funding provided by the Department to local authorities is not generally ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities, which may include bicycle paths, bus lanes and footpaths. Allocations provided to Bedfordshire and the Eastern Region since 1997 are shown in the table.

£ million
Bedfordshire Eastern region
2008-09 9.286 157.771
2007-08 7.751 159.476
2006-07 9.573 157.826
2005-06 9.351 156.899
2004-05 8.001 156.586
2003-04 7.364 141.735
2002-03 6.591 140.193
2001-02 7.147 137.774
2000-01 4.017 56.608
1999-2000 4.602 52.125
1998-99 3.070 32.150
1997-98 3.692 41.203
Note:

Since 2000 the allocations comprise integrated transport block grant and highways maintenance. Prior to 2000 the allocations are in the form of gross approved spending.

Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government's Formula Grant.

The Department also provided specific funding for:

1. In 2008-09, the Department made available £117,000 to Bedfordshire and Luton borough for their Cycling Demonstration Town. In the same year, the East of England region was also allocated £548,000. This was made up of capital and revenue funding.

2. The cycling programme—'Links to Schools'—set up in the East of England received capital funding from the Department. The amounts are stated in the table:

£
2008-09 195,000
For Bedfordshire, Luton borough (120,000)
2007-08 76,136
For Bedfordshire (0)
2006-07 276,531
For Bedfordshire (0)
2005-06 235,000
For Bedfordshire (0)

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