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Bicycle Safety

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was set aside for maintenance of bicycle lanes in Britain in (a) 1998, (b) 2000 and (c) 2002. [107558]

The provisions for local highway maintenance are through the Highways Maintenance Formula for Standing Spending element of Revenue Support Grant and through the Local Transport Plan capital settlement.It is for local authorities to determine their own priorities for highway maintenance spending, and no separate provisions for bicycle lanes are made. As these lanes form part of a vehicular highway, they would normally be maintained in conjunction with the rest of the carriageway, and this makes deriving separate expenditure figures difficult.