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Cycling: Birmingham

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in each of the last three years. (292025)

The four main streams of departmental funding to encourage cycling in England are local transport plan funding, cycle training grants, "cycle city and town" funding and links to school funding.

Local Transport Plan funding

The Department allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.

In the last three years Birmingham received the following amounts of LTP capital funding:

£

2006-07

23,154,000

2007-08

14,969,000

2008-09

20,623,000

2009-10

19,642,000

This information is not available at constituency level.

Cycle Training Grants

We have awarded cycle training grants to local authorities since 2006-07 to encourage cycling to school. We also provide funding for training direct in schools via grants to the School Sports Partnerships.

Birmingham city council has received the following cycle training grants:

£

2007-08

17,600.00

2008-09

40,000.00

2009-10

99,840.00

Birmingham did not receive cycle training grant in 2006-07.

Links to schools

Between April 2006 and March 2009 Sustrans (Sustainable Transport Charity) has on the Department's behalf made available £235,000 in grants for the West Midlands region to deliver a Links to Schools programme working with local authorities. Birmingham City Council was not amongst the grant receivers.

The purpose of the funding is to encourage children to walk and cycle to school. Funding priorities are established by Sustrans. Sustrans is in the final stages of fully finalising their project list for 2009-10 and will be submitting a complete list to DFT shortly.