Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Campaign response: Will the government meet cycling and walking targets?

    Some constituents have recently written to me regarding the "need for further investment, to enable local authorities to implement the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) that many of them are preparing, as requested by the Department for Transport".
    The benefits of encouraging walking and cycling are numerous - they play an important role in a healthy and active lifestyle and help to reduce carbon emissions.
    I am glad that Robert Courts MP and Stephen Morgan MP were able to secure a debate in Parliament about this issue recently, and that in his response the Minister Jesse Norman acknowledged that the Government has to “significantly, dramatically, potentially double or more that rate of intervention,” to deliver the annual spending target on cycling and walking of £7 per person in England outside London.
    I want to see more people choose to walk, run or cycle for shorter journeys. I am a strong supporter of existing routes such as the Clay Trails and Pentewan Valley trails, and want to see these grow as well as new schemes like the Newquay to Perranporth route which has recently funding from Highway England.

 As a member of the Commons Transport Select Committee I will be more than happy to relay the concerns of constituents to the new Transport Secretary and ask them to provide the funding and plans necessary to ensure that the Government meets its commitment on walking and cycling.