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Transport: Merseyside

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997; (278898)

(2) how much funding his Department allocated for transport connections with nature parks in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997;

(3) how much funding his Department allocated to transport networks used primarily for tourism in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997;

(4) how much funding his Department allocated for the development of environmentally-friendly means of transportation in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997.

Funding provided by the Department for Transport (DFT) to local transport authorities is not generally ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities. Figures are not available at constituency level.

The Department provides integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities to support capital investment in transport, which may be used for a range of purposes as the authorities see fit. Crosby falls into the transport authority of Sefton metropolitan borough council. The allocations provided to Sefton metropolitan borough council and Merseyside as a whole, since 1997, are shown in the table.

£ million

Sefton

Merseyside

2008-09

5,029

45,941

2007-08

4,244

46,532

2006-07

4,302

43,286

2005-06

4,095

49,454

2004-05

5,345

60,208

2003-04

9,785

61,298

2002-03

7,357

47,395

2001-02

5,136

45,164

2000-01

2,847

22,967

1999-00

24,946

1998-99

20,063

1997-98

21,313

Note:

Since 2000 the allocations comprise integrated transport block grant and highways maintenance. Prior to 2000 the allocations are in the form of gross approved spending.

Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Formula Grant.

In addition to this funding, DFT has made some funding available specifically to support cycling. In 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 DFT provided £250,000, £346,000 and £440,000 respectively to Merseyside to fund cycling training. In total Merseyside received £1,036,000 in grants, which will fund 25,900 cycle training places between 2007 and 2010.