To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release, Government publishes £1.2 billion plans to increase cycling and walking, published on 21 April 21017, what proportion of the £1.2 billion funding referred to in that press release had not been allocated to walking and cycling prior to April 2017.
The £1.2 billion referred to in the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy press release confirmed the amount of existing Government funding that is available to be invested in cycling and walking over the five year period from 2016/17 to 2020/21. This represents a clear Government commitment to sustained investment in cycling and walking.
Alongside the £1.2 billion, additional funding has been announced, including £5 million for improving cycling facilities at railway stations; £1 million of funding for a Walk to School project and £1 million for Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme, providing free bike maintenance and cycle classes.
Central government is also providing a programme of practical support to local authorities to help them to produce high quality Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans which can support the strategic economic case for cycling and walking investment.