Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2014 to Question 213147, if he will take steps to reflect the percentage journey share for cycling in the proportion of his Department's spending that is made on cycling.

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

Funding allocations for transport schemes are not determined according to mode share – the factors that affect our decision to invest in a particular transport scheme are more complex and based on a wide variety of factors. For local transport schemes it is also right that local communities, through their local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships have influence over those decisions.

On 27 November 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and I announced a further £214m investment for cycling. This brings the total investment in cycling by this Government to £588m, significantly more than any previous Government.

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Katja Leyendecker
Posted on 29 Nov 2014 10:38 am (Report this annotation)

Please, Robert Goodwill MP, reflect more on your own words and expand what you mean by "more complex and based on a wide variety of factors" and make it a transparent system. You are hiding behind rhetoric.

Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 29 Nov 2014 10:08 pm (Report this annotation)

Oddly, the government says that brings the total spent by the government to £588m.

My maths find a different result: £437.6m, as stated on 6 November by the minister, plus £214m just announced, equals £651.6m.

A £64m question!

Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 29 Nov 2014 10:15 pm (Report this annotation)

The new funding is over 3 years which means the amount spent per person per year by this government has DECREASED from £1.37 to £1.27.

The Get Britain Cycling inquiry recommended £10, rising to £20 (current level in the Netherlands).

So your funding is off by an order of magnitude!