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Cycling: Finance

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 each local authority area in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (289392)

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. Funding for cycling in Wales is administered by the Welsh Assembly and not by the Department for Transport.

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.

Cycle Training Grants

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 89W.

Cycle City and Town Funding

The Department for transport funds 18 Cycle Cities and Towns through Cycling England. The first phase of the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme, from 2005 to 2008, saw six towns across England receive European levels of funding to significantly increase their cycling levels. Aylesbury, Brighton and Hove, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and Lancaster with Morecambe collectively received over £7 million from Cycling England across three years, plus local match-funding, to deliver a range of measures designed to get more people cycling.

In June 2008, Cycling England announced Greater Bristol as the England's first official Cycling City, together with a further 11 Cycling Towns across England. The new city and towns, together with the original six, will benefit from a share of £50 million of departmental funding (match funded by the local authority) to pioneer innovative ways to increase cycling in their areas.

The following table shows the funding situation as agreed with Cycling England in May 2009.

City or town

Local authority

2005-081

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Total

Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire

765,000

460,000

300,000

300,000

1,825,000

Blackpool

Blackpool

400,000

1,220,000

1,220,000

2,840,000

Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove

1,389,500

435,000

635,000

535,000

2,994,500

Cambridge

Cambridgeshire

500,000

1,550,000

1,550,000

3,600,000

Chester

Cheshire

400,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

2,400,000

Colchester

Colchester

350,000

900,000

900,000

2,150,000

Darlington

Darlington

1,148,710

500,000

500,000

500,000

2,648,710

Derby

Derby

1,300,000

500,000

500,000

500,000

2,800,000

Exeter

Devon

1,559,500

751,000

750,500

760,500

3,821,500

Greater Bristol

Bristol City and South Gloucestershire

1,400,000

5,000,000

5,000,000

11,400,000

Lancaster with Morecambe

Lancashire

1,309,200

500,000

500,000

500,000

2,809,200

Leighton-Linslade

Central Bedfordshire

588,900

281,000

270,100

1,140,000

Shrewsbury

Shropshire

600,000

600,000

600,000

1,800,000

Southend

Southend

398,000

1,398,000

1,404,000

3,200,000

Southport and Ainsdale

Sefton Borough Council

300,000

750,000

750,000

1,800,000

Stoke

Stoke on Trent

.880,000

2,000,000

1,920,000

4,800,000

Woking

Surrey

364,000

728,000

728,000

1,820,000

York

York City Council

535,000

1,555,000

1,590,000

3,680,000

Total

7,471,910

9,861,900

20,167,500

20,027,600

57,528,910

1 1 November 2005 to 31 March 2008.

Links to schools

The Department provides funding to local authorities for the Links to Schools programme through our delivery agent Sustrans (Sustainable Transport Charity). 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 the Department shortly. A table showing the funding for 2005-06 to 2008-09 has been placed in the Libraries of the House.