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Transport: East of England

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of bus lanes in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (280095)

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of bicycle paths in (a) Mid- Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of footpaths in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for capital investment in transport. Funding provided by the Department to local authorities is not generally ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities, which may include bicycle paths, bus lanes and footpaths. Allocations provided to Bedfordshire and the Eastern Region since 1997 are shown in the table.

£ million

Bedfordshire

Eastern region

2008-09

9.286

157.771

2007-08

7.751

159.476

2006-07

9.573

157.826

2005-06

9.351

156.899

2004-05

8.001

156.586

2003-04

7.364

141.735

2002-03

6.591

140.193

2001-02

7.147

137.774

2000-01

4.017

56.608

1999-2000

4.602

52.125

1998-99

3.070

32.150

1997-98

3.692

41.203

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.

The Department also provided specific funding for:

1. In 2008-09, the Department made available £117,000 to Bedfordshire and Luton borough for their Cycling Demonstration Town. In the same year, the East of England region was also allocated £548,000. This was made up of capital and revenue funding.

2. The cycling programme—‘Links to Schools’—set up in the East of England received capital funding from the Department. The amounts are stated in the table:

£

2008-09

195,000

For Bedfordshire, Luton borough

(120,000)

2007-08

76,136

For Bedfordshire

(0)

2006-07

276,531

For Bedfordshire

(0)

2005-06

235,000

For Bedfordshire

(0)