Department for Transport written question – answered at on 24 July 2020.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of the 500 miles of Dutch-inspired kerb-protected cycleways designed and paid for by the Ministry of Transport between 1934 and 1941; and whether he plans to upgrade those cycleways to comply with modern standards.

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

The Department has made no assessment of the adequacy of the protected cycleways designed and built between 1934 and 1941. Local Authorities are responsible for assessing and identifying investment priorities for local transport infrastructure, including for cycling and walking. The Government intends to publish the updated version of the Department’s cycle infrastructure design guidance imminently.

On the 9th May the Government announced a £2 billion package of funding for cycling and walking over the next five years. £225 million will be available to local authorities this financial year. for immediate measures including new cycle lanes, wider pavements and safer junctions. Decisions on the remainder will be for the Spending Review in due course.

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