Millions of people across the country are set to benefit from £200 million of government funding for cycling and walking schemes, helping to promote healthy travel, reduce emissions and grow the economy.

The latest round of funding, will provide a boost to high streets and local businesses, and transform the school run for tens of thousands of children, generating up to 16 million extra walking and cycling trips a year.

Alongside the environmental benefits, the plans will help ease congestion across cities, with people choosing more active choices that can benefit their mental and physical health and wellbeing and relieve pressure on the NHS.

Following extensive consultation with local authorities, communities across England will benefit from new funding, with over 265 schemes in 60 areas – including Yorkshire, Manchester, Devon and Leicester – receiving a share of the latest round of funding.

The investment, announced in February of this year, will deliver a range of schemes across the country, including 121 miles of new cycle track, 77 miles of new paths and greenways and initiatives to make streets safer around 130 schools.

Active travel is also estimated to bring a £36.5 billion boost to the economy in a year through increased high street spending and better access to jobs, delivering on our priority to grow the economy.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:

We want to make sure everyone across the country can choose cheaper, greener and healthier travel while we continue to support our local businesses and grow the economy.

This £200 million investment will improve road safety, ease congestion and ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of the millions of people choosing active travel.

National Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman added:

By giving millions of people the freedom of choice to walk, wheel or cycle for everyday trips, this funding will help us improve public health, tackle climate change and give hundreds of thousands of children the independence to travel safely under their own steam.

Now our focus is working with councils to get these schemes built swiftly. We’ll be working together to ensure the projects are well-designed and effective, so that they bring maximum benefits to communities and help improve lives nationwide.

The winning projects have demonstrated they provide people with attractive choices to use cycling and walking for local journeys, and do not include any low traffic neighbourhood schemes. Local authorities have worked closely with local people to ensure the schemes benefit the community as a whole.

Successful authorities have detailed the benefits of successful schemes, including Tamworth in Staffordshire, which will use the funding to enable active and safe modes of travel to schools, while Barnstaple and Ilfracombe in Devon will see an unused railway track converted into a walking and cycling route to connect rural communities.

Safety and accessibility will be at the heart of improvements and creation of walking and cycling routes, meaning safety for women and children walking to school will be improved, and people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters will see street designs become even more inclusive.

Government funding has meant cycling across England has continued to thrive and is up 11% on pre-pandemic levels, increasing by more than 20% in the past 10 years.

Allocated funding

Local authorityCapability levelAllocated funding
Bedford Unitary Authority1£263,130
Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority1£157,270
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Unitary Authority2£3,780,000
Bracknell Forest Unitary Authority1£30,000
Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority2£3,000,000
Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority2£477,199
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority2£3,896,590
Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority1£252,605
Cheshire East Unitary Authority1£1,297,882
Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority1£274,100
Cornwall Unitary Authority1£500,000
Cumbria County Council2£1,602,359
Derby Unitary Authority1£140,000
Derbyshire County Council1£3,005,000
Devon County Council2£1,825,000
Dorset Unitary Authority1£1,978,000
East Riding of Yorkshire Unitary Authority2£855,200
East Sussex County Council1£1,223,826
Essex County Council2£5,270,000
Gloucestershire County Council2£5,365,000
Greater Manchester Combined Authority3£23,719,500
Hampshire County Council2£2,477,515
Herefordshire Unitary Authority1£306,000
Hertfordshire County Council2£4,620,803
Isle of Wight Unitary Authority1£700,000
Isles of Scilly1£11,000
Kent County Council1£1,569,000
Kingston upon Hull Unitary Authority1£362,000
Lancashire County Council2£5,529,992
Leicester Unitary Authority3£1,800,000
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority2£14,400,000
Medway Unitary Authority1£486,418
Milton Keynes Unitary Authority1£1,182,516
Norfolk County Council2£2,240,000
North East Joint Transport Committee2£7,203,211
North Somerset Unitary Authority1£417,640
Nottingham Unitary Authority3£1,762,288
Nottinghamshire County Council2£1,081,761
Plymouth Unitary Authority2£2,480,000
Portsmouth Unitary Authority1£653,580
Reading Unitary Authority2£75,000
Shropshire Unitary Authority1£612,800
Slough Unitary Authority1£413,000
Somerset County Council2£1,583,322
Southampton Unitary Authority2£814,464
South Yorkshire Combined Authority2£2,430,943
Staffordshire County Council1£669,087
Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority1£509,320
Suffolk County Council2£7,933,216
Surrey County Council2£997,843
Swindon Unitary Authority1£381,500
Tees Valley Combined Authority2£441,269
Telford and Wrekin Unitary Authority2£1,895,772
Thurrock Unitary Authority1£305,000
Torbay Unitary Authority1£237,366
Warrington Unitary Authority2£727,950
Warwickshire County Council2£4,761,000
West Berkshire Unitary Authority1£275,000
West Midlands Combined Authority3£12,608,201
West Northamptonshire Unitary Authority1£673,314
West of England Combined Authority2£3,641,803
West Yorkshire Combined Authority3£17,430,668
Wiltshire Unitary Authority1£978,000
Windsor and Maidenhead Unitary Authority1£262,100
Wokingham Unitary Authority2£606,215
York Unitary Authority1£1,103,095

Funding is being provided for both the development and construction of schemes. Some schemes are being provided with development funding only.