Chris Lyttle MLA said: “These cuts were nothing short of scandalous. We want to build a sustainable society. We want to reduce emissions. We want to reduce congestion. Cuts like this create a massive barrier to addressing these issues.
“The Department for Regional Development seriously needs to re-examine its spending priorities because these figures basically say they put car drivers way ahead of everyone else. This sent out a terrible message about government’s attitude to sustainability.
“I know we are facing serious cuts across the board and I am deeply worried that the situation could get much worse for cycling and bus budgets.
“Reducing the bus capital expenditure budget by 17% was also deeply perplexing and does not reflect positively on Northern Ireland.
“Given people are facing tough times, buses and cycling are a low cost means of transport these reductions are very bizarre and we need to turn these figures around to boost these areas as soon as possible.”