New Government Transport Planning System Suggests No DfT Money for Cycling

posted 12 Oct 2013, 15:00 by Eli Kling

The way DfT allocate Government funds to local authorities for transport projects costing over £5 million is changing. Up to 2012 local authorities bid for money and DfT would decide where funds are allocated. From 2015, under the new Government localism policy,proposed projects have to be submitted by Local Transport Bodies, (38 in total). These have a broader representation than was previously the case and can now include representatives from local enterprise partnerships and other interested stake holders.The first bids have now been submitted to the DfT and also independently analysed by Campaign for Better Transport and Campaign to Protect Rural England. Their 24 page report titled "Where The Money's Going" shows no money has been allocated specifically to cycling. Whilst this is disappointing it is perhaps not surprising as the funding is only for major projects with more than 50% of the budget for new roads.There are a few mixed sustainability schemes that include an element of cycling. The reviewers rated the Buckinghamshire Bodies plan third from the bottom and gave it a sustainability rating 1 out of 10. Their full report can be seen on their websites. Details of the Proposals put forward by the Buckinghamshire body do not seem to be on BCC's website. New Government Transport Planning System Suggests No DfT Money for Cycling. The way DfT allocate Government funds to local authorities for transport projects costing over £5 million is changing. Up to 2012 local authorities bid for money and DfT would decide where funds are allocated. From 2015, under the new Government localism policy,proposed projects have to be submitted by Local Transport Bodies, (38 in total).These have a broader representation than was previously the case and can now include representatives from local enterprise partnerships and other interested stake holders.The first bids have now been submitted to the DfT and also independantly analysed by Campaign for Better Transport and Campaign to Protect Rural England. Their 24 page report titled "Where The Money's Going" shows no money has been allocated specifically to cycling. Whilst this is disappointing it is perhaps not surprising as the funding is only for major projects with more than 50% of the budget for new roads.There are a few mixed sustainability schemes that include an element of cycling. The reviewers rated the Buckinghamshire Bodies plan third from the bottom and gave it a sustainability rating 1 out of 10. Their full report can be seen on their websites. Details of the Proposals put forward by the Buckinghamshire body do not seem to be on BCC's website.

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