The Ramblers called for the Budget to deliver a better deal for walking and cycling and ambitious funding to protect the places we love to walk – through strong measures to tackle climate change, boost biodiversity and enhance people’s connection and access to nature.
Gemma, Head of Policy and Advocacy, said:
“Today’s budget announced a significant investment in our roads – billed by the Chancellor as £27 billion investment in tarmac. But, fell some way short of being a budget for climate and nature.
“The Chancellor has not committed to new funding for active travel – although measures such as expanding the Transforming Cities Fund, which supports some local authorities to invest in walking cycling, is welcome. The government has previously recognised the important role that walking and cycling play in tackling the climate emergency, poor air quality and physical inactivity. To deliver, we need sustained, long-term investment in walking and cycling - research shows that at least £6bn is needed to meet government targets of doubling cycling and increasing walking by 2025.
“Investment in walking and nature is a sound investment, which significant positive benefits for the UK economy. This ranges from increased tourism, increased footfall on high streets, and economic and employment benefits for rural communities.
“As we prepare for the Spending Review, the Ramblers will continue to push government to deliver long-term investment in walking and cycling, and ambitious funding to support the delivery of the 25-Year Environment Plan, including action to connect people to nature.”