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Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her most recent estimate is of the number of miles of cycle routes in the National Cycle Network. (209285)

Sustrans, the Transport Charity is the co-ordinator of the National Cycle Network (NCN). The Network consists of over 12,000 miles of walking and cycle routes on traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads.

The Department for Transport continues to fund Links to School from the NCN. We have contributed over £18 million to link over 600 schools to the network. We plan to contribute funding for a further 250 links to approximately 500 schools through Cycling England's current work programme.