Cycling: Dorset

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th June 2016.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase cycling provision in Dorset.

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

Dorset received funding in the LSTF 2015 -16 round, which aimed to facilitate sustainable travel, including cycling, at three of Dorset’s major employment centres. More recently, the South West received funding under the Cycle Rail funding programme to improve cycle facilities at 5 Wessex line railway stations.

The Department is also preparing to launch the Access Fund for revenue only funding, which will be open to all local authorities in England (excluding London) regardless of previous bidding success. This will include an objective to actively promote increased levels of physical activity through walking and cycling.

The Access Fund is being aligned with the third Local Growth Deal which presents opportunities for all authorities to seek capital funding for their sustainable transport schemes. All local authorities have been notified to engage with their Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Department on both these opportunities.

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