Cambridgeshire Combined Authority has missed out on £574750 of cash for active travel after a botched bid by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer.
The authority was awarded just 75% of the “indicative amount” they had expected to receive, making it the worst performing Combined Authority in the country.
Every other Combined Authority received at least 95% of their expected cash, with Greater Manchester achieving 125%.
The fund is designed to improve high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure to make local journeys safer. It can be used for segregated cycle lanes and pedestrian improvements.
In a letter to councillors Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP said authorities received cash based on the “strength of their bids” and said that the Cambridgeshire proposals were “less well aligned with the objectives of the fund than those of other authorities.”
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “This is highly disappointing. As a cycling city Cambridge should be scoring highly here. Making it easier for people to get about by bike and on foot is absolutely crucial to tackle congestion, deliver cleaner air and help people live healthier lives.”
Dr Nik Johnson, Labour’s mayoral candidate in next year’s local elections said: “It is disappointing that residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will miss out on a scheme which would encourage healthier lifestyles and safer cycling because of a lack of vision and passion for improved public health for all “