Last week the draft Local Transport Plan spending plans for 2015/16 were presented to the Highway Cabinet Member Decision Session. The headline is that the transport funding allocation is being slashed by 40% and cycle funding is dropping by 25%.
- Current Year LTP allocation – £4.523m (cycling = £600,000) (20mph £413,000)
- Next Year LTP allocation – £2.540m (cycling = £450,000) (20mph £400,000)
LTP funding has been diverted away to the Growth Plan Fund by central government. This fund builds large infrastructure projects designed to deliver economic growth (with no other considerations like health or environmental benefits).
An overview of the cycling projects for the past few years is below.
|Project||Funding 2013/14 (source) £491,000||Funding 2014/15 (source) £600,000||Funding 2015/16 (source) £450,000|
|Little Don Link||£100,000||£50,000|
|Upper Don Valley||£80,000||£80,000||£20,000|
|Green Routes Network||£20,000||£80,000||£120,000|
|Streets Ahead Opportunities||£100,000 (later cut to £50,000)||£250,000||£200,000|
|Lower Don Valley||£14,000|
|City Centre Cycle Ring Route||£100,000|
*Note* This is Local transport plan spending only. Other grants such as LSTF, Better Buses, Pinch Points are not included.
Quesion: Why is funding for signage increasing 4 fold from £10,000 to £40,000 per year?