Cycling and walking investment strategy is now law

12 February 2015

Sustrans welcomes Royal Assent for Infrastructure Act.

The Infrastructure Bill has become an Act and so for the first time the Secretary of State for Transport will be required by law to set out a strategy for cycling and walking infrastructure and importantly the funding provided to meet it.

Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans, said:

“This is an historic opportunity to guarantee the long term funding that will extend travel choice, help ease congestion and improve our health and our environment.

“This new law is the result of the hard work of parliamentarians of all parties who have kept this issue on the agenda, the broad coalition of transport and health organisations that lobbied for it and above all the thousands of people who contacted their MPs.

“Sustrans and our partners will continue to campaign to ensure that the next Government sets out an ambitious Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy to ensure we see streets where children and parents feel safe walking and cycling to school.”

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Notes to editors

Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk

We want to see a safer school run. We believe that every child has the right to walk, cycle or scoot to school. To bring about this change, we need government to make dedicated funding available, commit to lower traffic speeds, and transform local walking and cycling routes. Together, we can make our streets safer. Join the campaign at www.sustrans.org.uk/saferstreets