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Roads: Construction

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th February 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage new road developments to take adequate account of (a) cyclists and (b) pedestrians.

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

The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework advises local authorities to promote healthy, inclusive and safe places which encourage walking and cycling.

The four national highway authorities published joint guidance in November 2019 on how to design cycling infrastructure into strategic road schemes.

The Conservative Party manifesto announced a £350 million Cycling Infrastructure Fund, with mandatory design standards for new routes. The Department will shortly be publishing revised guidance for local authorities on designing safe and efficient cycling infrastructure, which will need to be considered when setting local standards and in the development of new road schemes.

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