Cycling: Finance

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 21 June 2016.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39159, what the figures for his Department's spending on cycling programmes in each year to 2021 are in real terms.

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















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We have applied the GDP deflator rates to the figures that were provided in response to the original PQ 37870. It should be noted that the future years GDP deflator rates are estimates only.

Note that the above totals include sums from within current Local Growth Fund allocations. Not all of the Local Growth Fund is currently allocated, so as future allocations of the Local Growth Fund are made to Local Enterprise Partnerships, the amount supporting cycling projects through to 2020/21 is likely to rise.

In addition to the totals above, from within the record £6 billion allocated to local highways authorities between 2015 and 2021 for road maintenance, this funding can help maintain footways and cycleways.

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Roger Geffen
Posted on 22 Jun 2016 12:11 pm (Report this annotation)

The figures given in this answer (and in answer to the previous parliamentary question no. 37870) included not only the Department's own spending, but also spending by local bodies on cycling projects using sums from within their current Local Growth Fund and the Integrated Transport Block allocations.

This may well be to hide the fact that, by 2020/21, the Department's own earmarked spending on cycling programmes looks set plummet to well below £1 per person annually for people in England outside London.