DfT releases details on £40m schemes some of which will reallocate roadspace to cyclists

04/04/2013 Advocacy


The Department for Transport has today released details on how local authorities plan to spend the £40 million in grant aid announced last year. Most of the schemes are run-of-the-mill improvements, others are quite radical and involve taking roadspace away from motorised vehicles.

The money will be made available to improve the design and layout of roads at 78 locations across the country, with all schemes due for completion within the next 12 months and is part of the £107 million investment in cycling infrastructure announced the last year. This is in addition to the cycle elements in the £600 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said:

“This money will enable local authorities to put in place well targeted measures to protect cyclists across the country.”

The DfT and local authorities were guided in the choice of schemes to fund by CTC, British Cycling, Sustrans, and other bodies, including local cycle campaigners.

130 schemes were submitted by local authorities last summer and today’s announcement reveals which schemes will go ahead. he announcement does not include any scheme for London as this is handled by Transport for London.

The funding for each region boils down to:

East of England: £5.31 million
East Midlands: £3.17 million
North East: £3.29 million
South West: £3.09 million
North West: £14.77 million
South East: £5.57 million
West Midlands: £1.51 million
Yorkshire and Humber: £2.62 million

The schemes are a mix of improvements including the reallocation of road space, simplification of road layouts, changes in priority, changes in junction layouts, designs that lower car speeds, changes to crossings and, one one case, the provision of a £2m bicycle bridge in Bury St Edmunds.

The money from the Department for Transport includes £15 million of capital funding announced in June 2012 and £5 million announced in November 2012.

The Wigan West Cycling Corridor is getting the most expensive scheme at £8m, with DfT providing a grant of 8 percent. The next most expensive scheme is the Gosforth Great North Road and High Street Cycle Safety Bid in Newcastle upon Tyne. This £2.6m scheme will benefit from a 47 percent grant. In Leicester a lane of part of the ring road will be turned into a two-way cycleway.

The Ormskirk Road in Wigan will be redesigned to close side roads and provide a cycle route alongside what can be a road hostile to non-motorised users. A full list of the schemes can be found on an Excel document.