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In 2006/7, Transport for London invested £24.1m in cycling. This will rise to £36.1m in 2007/8. That increase now means London spends more on cycling than the whole of the rest of England put together.

Cash for cycling increases in London

These figures are revealed today in a written answer to an MP from Tom Harris, parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Transport.

He said:

"The majority of expenditure on cycling is committed by local highway authorities who receive funding from the Department [for Transport] through the Local Transport Plan settlement and it is for them to determine their priorities."

English authorities outside London spent £34.1m on cycling in 2005-6.

Harris said:

"The Department does not require local authorities to provide an estimate of future spend on cycling so no data are available for 2006-07 and 2007-08. TfL though have informed the Department that they forecast £24.1 million will be spent on cycle facilities in 2006-07 and £36.1 million in 2007-08."

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