Cycling: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th March 2018.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Highways England designated fund for cycling, safety and integration; and how much of that fund was spent in 2016/17.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

All schemes delivered though Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration designated fund must demonstrate value for money using an appraisal developed with key stakeholders. This assesses a number of potential benefits such as increased trips and accidents savings. Highways England continues to develop its evaluation process for different designated funds, starting with the Cycling, Safety and Integration designated fund, in order to measure the effectiveness of the projects delivered and ensure that future programmes maximise their benefits.

The total budget for the Cycling, Safety and Integration designated fund is £175m until 2020. Of that sum £53.5m had been spent by January 2018 which represents 31% of the total. The Cycling, Safety and Integration designated fund spend for the 2016/17 financial year was £18.1m.

The expectation has been that Highways England would develop schemes for this fund in the early years of the first road investment period, and then build them in the later years. The effect of this should be that that more schemes are built in the next two years than in the past two.

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