Cycling and Walking

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th June 2016.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what additional funding his Department plans to make available for walking and cycling initiatives as a result of the cycling and walking investment strategy.

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

The Government has made clear its intention to make this country a cycling nation. The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will be published in the summer and will include details of how the £300m committed in the last Spending Review will be invested to support cycling and walking.

In addition to the dedicated cycling and walking programmes, there are a number of wider funding streams which are devolved to local bodies and which can and are being used to support cycling and walking projects. In particular, billions are available to Local Enterprise Partnerships and local authorities through the Local Growth Fund and Integrated Transport Block allocations.

In addition to the above, a record £6.1 billion has been allocated to local highways authorities between 2015 and 2021 for road maintenance, and this funding can help maintain footways and cycleways.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 17 Jun 2016 11:51 am (Report this annotation)

The amount allocated to cycling by this government is totally inadequate to "make this country a cycling nation". The government is totally in the pocket of motoring pressure groups and the motoring industry.