Funding For Local Authorities

Funding available to all local authorities

Local authorities can bid directly to the following funding options. 

The Stronger Towns Fund

A £1.6 billion fund targeted at towns to create new jobs, help train local people and boost growth. £1 billion of the new fund will be allocated using a needs-based formula, with the remaining £600 million being available through a competitive process. Government will publish a prospectus to inform the development of local proposals. The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships to coordinate these proposals across functional economic areas will be key.

The Places to Ride programme

This programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England. It can fund small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling – but cannot be used to improve public highways. It is open to applications until 15 January 2021. This programme aims to promote active travel by delivering cycling facilities that prioritise accessibility by walking and cycling and are integrated into the local cycle network. This should be evidenced through the link to or inclusion in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) or any other local sustainable transport strategy. – Learn More

The Community Infrastructure Levy (the ‘levy’)

A tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of the area – Learn More

S106 agreements

Planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) are a mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable. S106 agreements are often referred to as ‘developer contributions’

Where local authorities will need to work in partnership and influence others to bid (eg with TOCs or Network Rail for Cycle Rail) and wider allocated spend that can go on cycling and walking if local authorities choose to direct it that way.

Annual allocations to all highway authorities which can be used to fund new cycling and walking infrastructure (IT) and ongoing maintenance of foot ways and cycle paths on the highway (HF)

The Integrated Transport (IT)

Provides funding support for transport capital improvement schemes costing less than £5 million – Learn More

The Highways Fund (HF)

The core funding to help local highway authorities maintain their local road network – Learn More

Other funding pots which your local authority may have secured and which can be used to support cycling and walking infrastructure and improvements

The Levelling Up Fund

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

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Additional Documents

The Future High Streets Fund

Provides co-funding towards capital projects that bring transformative change- supporting the regeneration of town centres through innovative proposals around transport, housing delivery and public services – Learn More

Cycle rail fund

See for list of schemes awarded money as part of the cycle rail fund to improve cycle facilities at railway stations.

Cycle  City Ambition

See Government funding boost for Cycle Ambition Cities for details of this funding to trial new schemes aimed at improving road safety and creating more bike-friendly areas in 8 cities.

Local Growth Fund

Growth Deals provide funds to local enterprise partnerships or LEPs (partnerships between local authorities and businesses) for projects that benefit the local area and economy – Learn More

Transforming Cities Fund

Aims to improve productivity and spread prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport in some of the largest English city regions – Learn More

Housing Infrastructure Fund

This is being provided in the period from 2018-19 to 2023-24, to fund physical infrastructure such as roads, community facilities and utilities which will unlock new housing developments – Learn More

The Clean Air Fund

Supporting councils with the worst levels of air pollution at busy road junctions and hotspots to take robust action in the shortest time possible – Learn More

The Pothole Action Fund

Fixing over 4 million potholes by 2020/21 – Learn More

The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) (Safer Roads Fund?)

Supporting projects that ease congestion on local routes, drive economic growth, and unlock new housing – Learn More

DfT cycling and walking innovation competition winners

Check here for a summary of projects funded through DfT cycling and walking innovation competitions.

Available to Targeted Local Authorities

Highways England, Designated Funds

The Cycling, Safety and Integration Fund

Addressing barriers presented by our network and providing a more accessible, inclusive and integrated network that gives people the freedom to choose their mode of transport. We want journeys across and alongside our network to be safe, direct, connected comfortable and attractive – Learn More

Case studies featuring examples of the schemes Highways England funds have invested in to date at Highways England

The Road Safety Fund

The eight cycle city ambition cities (Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford) are able to bid for an additional £6.5 million of funding to trial new schemes which improve safety. This will support the government’s aim of encouraging more people to cycle as part of everyday journeys. The remaining £0.5 million will be set aside to support Cycling UK’s Big bike revival — a successful initiative which is helping to get more people cycling safely and confidently across the country.

HS2 Community and Environment Fund (CEF)

The CEF fund has been created to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands. CEF Local will focus on quality of life and environment in individual communities. CEF Strategic will focus on large projects across several communities and address strategic rather than purely local concerns. Wherever possible, the CEF fund aims to leave a sustainable legacy.

Revenue funding to support cycling and walking infrastructure

Behaviour change funding

Revenue funding for behaviour change projects to promote cycling and walking  – if your area is in receipt of funding, you may be able to access support for targeted communities.

The Access Fund helps local authorities to deliver sustainable transport projects that support economic growth. See for  successful bids for the Access Fund 2017 to 2020 revenue competition.

Revenue funding to develop local cycling and walking investment plans

See Technical support to plan cycling and walking networks  for a list of councils who made successful bids to receive support from technical experts to plan networks for walking and cycling.

Supporting expenditure on cycling and walking infrastructure