In Cycling Weekly Chris Boardman stated that the Conservatives have ‘failed to listen’ in response to the cycling pledges made by the Party in their manifesto.
“The Conservatives are full of rhetoric about building a stronger economy but they have failed to listen to business today by announcing plans to dedicate less than £1 per head to growing cycling,” he said in a statement.
“Either David Cameron believes the ‘cycling revolution’ he has already promised can be delivered with such a small amount of funding or he does not intend to honour his word.”
His words proved prophetic as George Osborne reduced the budget of £114 million - announced just six months ago - by £23 million. The saving is part of the £4.5 billion cost cutting measures announced for this year.
As mandated by the Conservative victory in the recent general election, the government plans to cut an unspecified £30 billion from unprotected departmental spending. Further details will become clear on Wednesday 8th July when the Chancellor reveals his budget plans.