To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps with local authorities to provide more funding for greenways to encourage more people to cycle; and if he will make a statement.
The Government’s statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, published in April 2017, outlines £1.2 billion of funding that may be invested in cycling and walking in England over the period to 2021. Since the Strategy’s publication, the Government has made further support available for cycling and walking infrastructure in England, through the National Productivity Investment Fund, Housing Infrastructure Fund, Transforming Cities Fund and Clean Air Fund. Decisions on allocating funding for greenways and dedicated cycle networks are for local authorities, who allocate and/or bid for funding alongside other local priorities. In addition, the Department for Transport is providing 44 local authorities in England with access to expert support to assist in the development of ten-year Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans. This support will enable authorities to map their future cycle networks and to prioritise future investments.
Funding for infrastructure projects and local plans to support higher levels of cycling and walking in the rest of the UK is a matter for the devolved administrations.