Scotland’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney, has confirmed that money set aside for the country’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) scheme will continue to be ringfenced, although the amount available will be reduced from £9 million to £7.5 million.
There had been fears that the scheme, which helps provide funding to local authorities for suitable projects, would fall victim to spending cuts after Mr Swinney failed to make reference to it during his budget speech last November.
The Scottish National Party politician revealed the news in a letter to the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee (TICC), says Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, which led efforts to urge the minister to continue to ringfence funds for CWSS.
John Lauder, Director of Sustrans Scotland commented: “We commend this real commitment by Mr Swinney, the TICC Committee and COSLA to improving the levels of physical activity in Scotland and therefore the health of the population. Athough the fund has been reduced in size, it has not been hit as hard as other areas. We’ve already seen how investing in walking and cycling can reap real rewards and this means we can continue to build on that."
News that money set aside for CWSS will still benefit from ringfencing comes just days after we reported here on road.cc about the continuing row in Scotland over the Holyrood government’s intransigence over the failure to incorporate provisions for cyclists, walkers and other non-motorists to cross an upgraded section of the A9 between Perth and Inverness at Crubenmore.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.