Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st December 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Conservative, Harrogate and Knaresborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much government financial support has been budgeted for cycling initiatives in each of the next five years.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has recently consulted on future funding for cycling via the draft Cycling Delivery Plan. The consultation closed on 27 November 2014 and I will be in a position to provide a fuller answer to this once this consultation process has been completed and the final Cycling Delivery Plan has been published.

However, the work to meet our funding ambition set out in the draft plan has already begun; in November the Deputy Prime Minister and I announced a package of measures totalling £214 million, including a £114 million extension to our cycle cities programme, and £100 million investment to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside and crossing Britain’s most important and busiest roads from 2015/16.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 12:52 pm (Report this annotation)

Let's compare £214 Million to £15,000 million and we see the relative importance this government holds cycling to motoring.

Katja Leyendecker
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 2:27 pm (Report this annotation)

The MP asked for five year funding. Most of the £214 (meagre as it is, comparatively to the DfT and DoH budgets - as there are tremendous hidden public health costs of the country's current transport plans) has been announced for three years. The minister did not even manage to answer the question. The DfT must get their house in order, before they could perceivable start to think about building new or wider a motor highways.