To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) steps he is taking to and (b) discussions he has had with local authorities on increasing the number of pedestrianised streets.
The Department is providing unprecedented amounts of funding to local authorities to enable them to deliver better and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure, including pedestrianised streets. In Summer 2020 the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost walking and cycling in England, with a vision for half of all journeys in towns and cities to be cycled or walked by 2030. This commitment is backed with £2 billion of investment over five years and was followed by the publication of Gear Change: One Year On, which increased funding to £338 million this financial year and celebrated what has been achieved in the past twelve months.
Pedestrianisation of streets is already an option available to local authorities to consider in managing their streets. Decisions on whether to do so are matters for them.
The Secretary of State has made it clear that authorities should take into account the needs of all road users in designing their schemes and should consult properly on them.