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Transport: Expenditure

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's spending related to projects intended to encourage (a) cycling and (b) bus use in the last 12 months. (266431)

Overall spending in 2008-09 is forecast to be £18,101 million. Of this the Department for Transport has earmarked £20 million specifically for cycling schemes (which is 0.1 per cent. of the overall budget). Spending on encouraging bus use (including Bus Service Operators Grant, Concessionary Fares and other items) was £703.5 million, which corresponds to 3.9 per cent. of overall spend.

In addition expenditure such as Sustainable Travel and Integrated Transport grants amounted to £3,927.1 million (21.7 per cent.). This incorporates an element for encouraging cycling and bus use that cannot be separately identified.