Public Transport

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th April 2021.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase the uptake of active travel and integrate micro-mobility into the public transport network.

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

On 28 July 2020 the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost cycling and walking in England, with a vision that half of all journeys in towns and cities are cycled or walked by 2030. This includes an unprecedented £2 billion package of dedicated funding for active travel over 5 years. The first £250 million of the £2 billion was spent in the last financial year on a range of programmes including the Active Travel Fund and the “Fix your Bike” voucher scheme.

The Department has established 31 regional rental e-scooter trials to test the benefits, safety and wider impacts of this new mode and to inform future policy. As part of the set-up of the trials, local areas were asked to work with operators to ensure e-scooters were integrated into the transport system. Evaluation from trials across the year will help illustrate where this was most successful and why.

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