Active travel in England

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UK Parliament inquiry | Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons

Active Travel describes people making everyday ‘journeys for a purpose’, for example commuting to work by walking, cycling or skating, rather than motorised transport.

The Department of Transport (DfT) owns active travel policy, and in 2017 and 2022 published strategies to increase active travel in England by 2025. These policies contain funding to support investment in several active travel initiatives, with investment expected to address cross-governmental priorities (e.g., health benefits).

Local authorities lead on implementing these active travel schemes as part of their transport responsibilities. Based on a National Audit Office investigation into Active Travel, the Committee will question officials including the Permanent Secretary at the DfT and the Chief Executive of Active Travel England. The inquiry will explore whether the government will be able to achieve its ambitions for active travel by 2025 and if it will deliver value for money through these investments.

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Deadline: 5 July 2023

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