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Cycling and Walking: Finance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 17207, tabled on 23 November 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ring-fence funding for walking and cycling.

Answered on

1 December 2015

The Government is committed to the principle of devolution and decisions being made at the appropriate level. Local Authorities are responsible for local roads and are best placed to determine the need for cycling and walking infrastructure in their own areas. By not ring-fencing funding for cycling and walking, local authorities have the freedom and flexibility to choose how they spend their transport funding, including on cycling and walking, if they choose to do so. However, for spending for which the Government is responsible, in the five years 2011/12 to 2015/16 the Department has increased its spend on cycling in England from £1 per head to £3 per head, and more in the eight Cycle Ambition Cities.