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Cycleways

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on cycling facilities in local authority areas (a) in London and (b) in England outside London in each year since 2000-01; what his expectations are for future spending; and if he will make a statement. (129400)

The Department provides a central budget for cycling programmes and initiatives. Since 2005-06 this has been the responsibility of Cycling England and investment in cycle facilities is as follows:

£ million

2002-03

2.2

2003-04

2.2

2004-05

10.5

2005-06

3.2

2006-07

6.0

In 2000-01 and 2001-02 the budget was revenue spend on promotion of cycling.

The majority of expenditure on cycling is committed by local highway authorities who receive funding from the Department through the Local Transport Plan settlement and it is for them to determine their priorities. English authorities outside London have informed the Department that their investment in cycle facilities for each year is as follows:

£ million

2001-02

29.6

2002-03

39.9

2003-04

32.1

2004-05

40.0

2005-06

34.1

London boroughs also receive funding from the Department via a block settlement through Transport for London (TfL) and with their other revenue streams TfL has informed the Department that their investment in cycling facilities for each year since 2001-02 is as follows:

£ million

2001-02

12.5

2002-03

11.6

2003-04

12.7

2004-05

13.1

2005-06

18.3

The Department does not require local authorities to provide an estimate of future spend on cycling so no data are available for 2006-07 and 2007-08. TfL though have informed the Department that they forecast £24.1 million will be spent on cycle facilities in 2006-07 and £36.1 million in 2007-08. Cycling England forecast that their expenditure on cycle facilities in local authority areas in 2007-08 will be £3.8 million to be spent in the cycling demonstration towns and on ‘Links to Schools’.