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House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to allocate funding for the Highways Agency to initiate a programme to improve the convenience and safety of cycle movement along and across the Agency’s road network.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In June 2012, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, met with the Agency’s Chief Executive, Graham Dalton, to discuss cycling provision across the Agency’s road network.

Following a request from the Minister to investigate cycling hot-spots, the Agency worked with Sustrans to consider one hundred locations across our network. Of these locations, the Agency and Sustrans agreed a prioritised list of twenty locations for improvement on the Agency’s network based on those which should most improve the connectivity, accessibility and safety of cyclists. We have invested £180,000 in feasibility studies for the twenty sites and considered the affordability of potential cycling improvement schemes.

The feasibility studies have now concluded, and recommend £4.5m worth of improvement schemes, which, inter alia, will result in real benefits for cyclists and other non-motorised users. The Agency will be designing and delivering these cycling schemes over this, and in future, financial year(s).

We also intend to investigate further locations during this year in conjunction with the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC), Sustrans and British Cycling with a view to developing a substantial programme of improvement works for future years.

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