Cycling: Per Capita Costs

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much per capita funding has been allocated from the public purse to cycling in each local authority in each of the last three years.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department estimates that over the three years from 2016/17 to 2018/19, a total of around £1.2 billion of funding has been invested in cycling and walking projects in England outside London. This equates to approximately £8.50 per capita per annum, but the amount varies considerably between individual local authorities. The Department will be publishing detailed information on the funding that has been provided from the public purse, including estimates of funding allocations to individual authorities, alongside its report to Parliament later this year on the delivery of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

Funding for cycling and walking comes from a wide variety of ring-fenced and non-ringfenced sources making it difficult to summarise the information concisely for each local authority. Ring-fenced funds that were available to some or all local authorities over the three years in question include the Bikeability programme, the Access Fund, the Cycle Ambition Cities fund, the Cycle Safety Fund, Cycle Rail grants, and Highways England Designated Funds. Non-ringfenced funds that were available to some or all local authorities over the same period, and of which of a proportion was used to support cycling and walking, include the Local Growth Fund, the Integrated Transport Block, the Highways Maintenance Fund, the National Air Quality Plan, the National Productivity Investment Fund, the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, and other cross-Government infrastructure funds, including the Transforming Cities Fund and Housing Infrastructure Fund.

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