It is for local highway authorities to manage their local road networks and to decide on appropriate provisions for cycling and walking. As part of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the Government identified £1.2 billion of funding which can be harnessed by local transport authorities to support cycling and walking. In addition, there are a number of funding streams which may also be spent on cycling and walking infrastructure:
- The £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to improve local transport links - including schemes to boost cycling and walking between city centres and suburbs. Greater Manchester recently allocated £160 million from the TCF to develop their “Beelines” cycling network.
- £220 million of capital and revenue funding through Defra’s Clean Air Fund up to 2021 – money which can be used by eligible local authorities to invest in the cycling and walking infrastructure – or projects to support cycling among employees.
- £5 billion of capital for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, aimed at supporting investment in a range of infrastructure to enable house building, including cycling and walking.