In the recent Spending Review the Government has failed to act leaving walking and cycling hanging in the balance.
To transform our communities, so that everyone can choose to walk and cycle, we need continuous funding. Instead the UK Chancellor, George Osborne MP has announced more investment in new roads, putting the future of cycling and walking in jeopardy.
Unless the Government acts now to increase cycling and walking investment, their manifesto commitments to double cycling and reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads will not be met.
The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), which the Government is compelled to publish by law, will not be funded and we will move further away from enabling every child to have a safe journey to school.
With the largest road building programme since the 1970s a priority for Government, local investment in everyday travel is being marginalised and the future of cycling and walking hangs in the balance.
Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport needs to intervene now and commit to interim arrangements before it is too late.