Boris Johnson (Con)
My right hon. Friend is absolutely right that a crucial part of our success in getting transport to run safely will now be running a bigger and more expansive tube service so that people can observe social distancing. We will certainly be working with the Mayor to try to achieve that, although there must be—we will come to this on Sunday and next week—mitigations to help people who, for reasons of social distancing, cannot use mass transit. There will be a huge amount of planning going into helping people to get to work other than by mass transit. I hope that my right hon. Friend, as a former Transport Minister, will agree that this should be a new golden age for cycling.
Dan Jarvis (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional funding for (a) walking and (b) cycling routes to increase active travel capacity in response to the challenges of operating public transport networks during the covid-19 outbreak.
Ben Bradshaw (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure social distancing by reallocating road space to pedestrians and cyclists during the covid-19 outbreak.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities have been granted to close roads to create more cycling and pedestrian space during the covid-19 outbreak; and for how road closures can be in place for.
Lord Selkirk of Douglas (Con)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to outlaw pavement parking throughout England; and whether the responses to their consultation on such parking have been in favour of its ban.
Grant Shapps (Con)
We are actively asking those who need to make journeys to their place of work or other essential trips to walk or to cycle wherever possible. In order to help us do more of that, last week I announced an unprecedented £2 billion investment to put walking and cycling right at the heart of our transport policy. The first stage is worth £250 million and will include a series of swift emergency measures, including pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements and cycling and bus-only corridors. That money should help protect our public transport network in the weeks and months ahead. It is my hope that they will eventually allow us to harness the vast health, social and environmental benefits that active forms of travel can provide. If people cannot walk, but have access to a car—I appreciate that I will be the only Transport Secretary to have said this for very many years—we urge them to use the car before they consider public transport, avoiding where possible any busy times of day.
Lord Pendry (Lab)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to create more space for walking and cycling during the COVID-19-related lockdown.
Luke Evans (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to work with road user groups to ensure that the sustainable transport strategy adopted by communities includes the increase in walking and cycling experienced during the covid-19 outbreak and is balanced with car use.
Luke Evans (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) monitor increases in (i) walking and (ii) cycling during the covid 19 outbreak and (b) develop a post-covid-19 sustainable transport strategy.
Anthony Mangnall (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to further encourage cycling as a form of commuting.
Ruth Cadbury (Con)
What support the Government are providing to local authorities to promote active travel among people returning to work as the covid-19 lockdown is eased.
Theresa Villiers (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the potential effect on London’s productivity of the London Streetspace programme announced by the Mayor of London on 6 May 2020.
Andrew Percy (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to provide local authorities with new powers in relation to the creation of new cycle and walking routes which are objected to by landowners.
Stephen Morgan (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing VAT from bicycles on trends in the (a) uptake of active travel, (ii) health of the general public and (iii) size of NHS waiting lists.
Jeff Smith (Lab)
In Manchester’s sister city of Wuhan in China, private car use nearly doubled when the lockdown ended, with the obvious effects on air quality. Is the Minister concerned that the Prime Minister’s statement of 10 May encourage the use of cars?
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place to inform the new guidance on cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how they intend to police that guidance. [T]
Luke Evans (Con)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to introduce penalties for (a) cyclists and (b) horse riders found to have caused road accidents as a result of using their mobile phone while (i) cycling and (ii) riding.
Baroness Randerson (Lib Dem)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to introduce to encourage children to walk or cycle to school following the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the number of cars on the road.
Catherine West (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to continue the recent additional funding for cycling as part of a long-term increase in cycling investment.
Ruth Cadbury (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the £250 million of funding for rapidly-installed cycling and walking improvements announced by the Government will be distributed to local authorities and on what date local authorities will be able to access that funding.
Lord Greaves (Lib Dem)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement of the package of initiatives to encourage cycling and running to work, what plans they have to assist in providing showers, washrooms and changing facilities at places of work.