Cycling: Infrastructure

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd October 2020.

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Photo of Zarah Sultana Zarah Sultana Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating additional funding for local cycling infrastructure to reduce covid-19 cases on public transport.

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

On the 9th May the Government announced a £2bn package of funding for cycling and walking over this Parliament. This included a £225 million Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) which is enabling local authorities across England to put in new cycling and walking infrastructure. This will reduce pressure on public transport services by making cycling and walking a viable alternative to public transport or private car use, particularly for shorter journeys. £42 million of the fund has already been allocated, and an announcement will be made shortly on allocating the remainder.

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