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
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
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 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
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
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.
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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-fund-funding-decisions-2017-to-2020 for successful bids for the Access Fund 2017 to 2020 revenue competition.
Revenue funding to develop local cycling and walking investment plans