Cycleways: Finance

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 21 April 2022.

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Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 local authorities have received the most money for the National Cycle Network; and how much has been spent by all local authorities over the last five years on improving this network

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Over the last five years, the Government has awarded Sustrans £77 million in grant funding to improve the safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network (NCN). As custodians of the Network, Sustrans works with local authorities and other partners such as the Canal and River Trust to identify priorities for investment in the NCN, and channels funding to partners to deliver these upgrades. The table below lists the 10 local authority areas which have received, or are forecast to receive, the greatest level of investment in NCN routes from the overall £77 million.

Local Authority Area

Total value of projects


Warwickshire County Council



West Midlands Combined Authority



South Yorkshire Combined Authority



The West of England Combined Authority



Buckinghamshire Council



Durham County Council



Staffordshire County Council,



Derbyshire County Council



Dorset County Council


Over and above the funding provided to Sustrans, the Government has also provided local authorities with significant amounts of capital funding to support active travel. It is for authorities to determine how best to use this in their areas, including whether or not to spend any of it to improve routes which include stretches of the NCN, and the Department does not therefore hold an aggregate figure for total spend on the NCN over this period.

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