Tories withdraw £23m of promised spending for cycling in latest cuts

George Osborne announces the 'Cycling Cities' scheme will have its budget slashed by £23m as he looks to cut spending by £4.5bn

George Osborne (Photo: Altogetherfool/CC2.0)

A scheme announced by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March to improve cycling infrastructure in cities around England will see its spending cut by 20 per cent, the Chancellor has announced.

George Osborne is set to slash £23m from the £114m pledged to the Cycling Ambition Cities Programme as he tries to cut departmental spending by £4.5bn.

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