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Breakdown of active travel routes funding: FOI release

Published: 1 Dec 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
1 Dec 2021
Breakdown of active travel routes funding: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100246559
Date received: 11 Oct 2021
Date responded: 8 Nov 2021
Information requested

Please can you advise how many miles of new active travel paths have been delivered across Scotland and how much this has cost in the last 5 years? Can you break this down by returns from local authorities to see which areas are delivering more routes?

Can you also please advise what funding e.g. through Sustrans, is being used by local authorities to help deliver these projects?

I’m looking to get a general sense of how much annual investment is delivering in terms of tangible output to the local and national networks, and where it’s working best and worst across the country. I’m also trying to get a sense of how much is tied up in pipelines and understand the delivery timescale for turnaround on projects.

Appreciate that each project will have specific costs and peculiarities but just looking for the aggregated headline figures nationally and per local authority in the first instance.

Response

The Scottish Government does not hold information on how many miles of new active travel paths have been delivered across Scotland broken down by local authority. However, you may wish to contact individual Local Authorities for this information. We only hold information on the cost of completed Places for Everyone infrastructure projects over 2019/20-2021/22, as this programme is administered by Sustrans Scotland.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.

I enclose below some of the information you requested.

Sustrans Places for Everyone programme infrastructure funding:

Year Capital Grant Funding Awarded to Sustrans Scotland
2021/22 £69,844,971.00
2020/21 £61,020,946.00
2019/20 £55,349,870.00
2018/19 £54,620,685.00
2017/18 £25,921,390.00
   
Total £266,757,862.00

Cycling, Walking, Safer Routes infrastructure funding:

Year Amount Awarded to Local Authorities
2021/22 £23,927,000.00
2020/21 £23,927,000.00
2019/20 £8,858,000.00
2018/19 £736,000.00
2017/18 £736,000.00
   
Total £58,184,000.00

Places for Everyone - completed Active Travel project investment:

  2019/2020 2020/2021 2021/2022
Aberdeen City Council £598,986 £111,722 £163,094
Aberdeenshire Council £21,360 £15,571 £54,500
Angus Council £36,186 £108,369 £311,631
Argyll & Bute Council £133,568 £357,931 £641,853
City of Edinburgh Council £3,401,435 £5,414,154 £25,135,694
Clackmannanshire Council £471,969 £360,273 £1,326,920
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) £ - £ - £ -
Dumfries and Galloway Council £181,071 £56,951 £565,460
Dundee City Council £368,689 £526,911 £4,273,436
East Ayrshire Council £ - £10,000 £90,000
East Dunbartonshire Council £ - £206,648 £18,352
East Lothian Council £90,153 £388,205 £139,159
East Renfrewshire Council £405,774 £84,779 £106,577
Falkirk Council £55,282 £265,980 £ -
Fife Council £7,384 £ - £186,644
Glasgow City Council £3,290,388 £3,566,907 £5,469,606
Inverclyde Council £32,947 £8,367 £68,686
Midlothian Council £ - £ - £40,000
Moray Council £ - £8,540 £27,000
North Ayrshire Council £154,163 £431,195 £849,539
North Lanarkshire Council £76,820 £186,132 £4,907
Orkney Islands Council £126,005 £16,073 £437,213
Perth and Kinross Council £33,772 £ - £400,000
Renfrewshire Council £26,486 £146,099 £295,431
Scottish Borders Council £172,761 £2,105,889 £7,282,211
Shetland Island Council £ - £57,790 £ -
South Ayrshire Council £375,528 £658,669 £1,681,691
South Lanarkshire Council £58,785 £101,719 £266,945
Stirling Council £282,997 £716,828 £752,799
The Highland Council £262,759 £646,307 £3,815,606
West Dunbartonshire Council £ - £1,261,383 £1,155,000
West Lothian Council £60,131 £698,577 £131,858

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