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Cycling: Hertfordshire

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to encourage bicycle usage in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last three years; (289433)

(2) how much his Department allocated for cycle safety training in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum and (c) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years.

Department for Transport funding to encourage bicycle usage in Dacorum and Hemel Hempstead constituency is largely delivered through Hertfordshire county council. We do not allocate funding directly to Dacorum or Hemel Hempstead. The main three streams of departmental funding to encourage cycling are local transport plan funding, cycle training grants 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. Local transport plan funding for Hertfordshire is shown in the table:

Hertfordshire

£000

Integrated Transport

Formulaic Maintenance

Other LTP

Total LTP funding

2009-10

2,245

9,698

100

12,043

2008-09

11,512

11,151

394

23,057

2007-08

11,626

11,263

22,889

Cycle training grants

DFT cycle training grants are only available for national standard training, delivered in England as Bikeability training. Bikeability training promotes safe cycling for children. Cycle training funding for Hertfordshire for the last three years is shown in the table:

Hertfordshire

Grant (£)

2007-08

59,500

2008-09

65,000

2009-10

70,000

This is in addition to any training funded by Hertfordshire county council.

Links to Schools and Cycle Parking

The Department also provides funding to local authorities for the Links to Schools programme through our delivery agent Sustrans (Sustainable Transport Charity). The purpose of the links is to encourage children to use sustainable modes (walking and cycling) on their way to and from school by creating safer and more convenient routes.

The following table shows departmental funding allocated to links to schools. The funding for 2007-08 was for links to a school in Hertford. With the contribution of the local authority, the total expenditure was £100,000:

Hertfordshire

Grant (£)

2005-06

0

2006-07

0

2007-08

32,436

2008-09

0