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Cycling: Shropshire

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of people using bicycles in Shropshire. (325439)

Shropshire benefits from four main streams of departmental funding to encourage cycling in England.

Local Transport Plan funding

Shropshire received £4,011,000 integrated transport funding for 2009-10. Funding for other years is available on the Department for Transport website under “Funding for local transport”. Local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities. The Department does not keep records of local funding decisions.

Cycle City and Town funding

Shrewsbury was chosen as a cycle town in June 2008 and is funded until 2010-11. Departmental funding is used to encourage cycling in the town. The funding is match funded by Shropshire council.

Shrewsbury (£)

2008-09

600,000

2009-10

800,000

2010-11

665,000

Total

2,065,000

Links to schools

The Department funds links to schools to encourage cycling and walking to schools, as a contribution to the total cost, with the rest of the funding coming from the local authority.

Location

DfT fund (£)

Total cost (£)

2004-05

Shrewsbury

28,000.00

201,571.00

2004-05

Whitchurch

1,589.00

3,177.92

2004-05

Albrighton

27,000.00

61,533.08

2004-05

Market Drayton

1,756.00

3,512.00

2004-05

Oswestry

35,000.00

70,504.00

2006-07

Shrewsbury

38,000.00

344,000.00

2006-07

Shifnal

5,000.00

35,607.00

2006-07

Shawbury

10,000.00

76,420.00

2009-10

Oswestry

46,531.56

159,870.90

2009-10

Wem

10,000.00

20,000.00

Cycle training grants

Local authorities apply for grants to train school children in Bikeability level 2. Bikeability level 2 is an approved cycle training course normally undertaken by children in years five to six (ages 10-11).

Shropshire received the following:

Shropshire (£)

2008-09

20,000.00

2009-10

31,996.00