Boroughs to benefit from new cycling and walking investment

Hackney cycleway

Walkers and cyclists in the London Boroughs of Kingston, Hackney and Croydon are set to benefit from new schemes in their respective areas.

The three schemes, all announced during the course of last week, will see cycling facilities improved alongside a number of other benefits to other road users.

On Thursday (15 Sept), Kingston Council announced that is has approved the development of four more ‘Go Cycle’ schemes across the borough (featured image).

Launched in 2014 and funded by the Mayor of London and TfL, the £30m Go Cycle programme includes 10 linked development schemes to improve walking and cycling facilities as well as road safety and public space.

Councillor Terry Paton, deputy leader of Kingston Council and portfolio holder for the Go Cycle programme, said: “We want to encourage more people to cycle and walk by providing better and safer cycle links, footways and crossings throughout the borough.

“Go Cycle will bring benefits to all residents in the borough, improving public spaces for everyone’s enjoyment.”

In Hackney, a clearly-signed, cycle-friendly, faster and greener route has been created between Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney and Walthamstow Wetlands.

Croyden scheme

Developed in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust, the greenway was opened on 16 September.

It includes a cycle ramp over the Spring Hill bridge, designed to make it easy for cyclists to wheel their bikes over the River Lea and into Walthamstow Wetlands.

Last Tuesday (13 Sept), Croydon Council announced that its 20mph limit expansion and focus on improving local air quality has received a £7.6m funding boost from TfL.

As part of the council’s ongoing borough-wide regeneration, the money will go towards several transport infrastructure schemes across Croydon which include a focus on road safety and better cycle access.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This funding for improved transport infrastructure is crucial to maintaining our borough’s growing reputation as a great place to live, work and invest, not just in Croydon itself but also in our district centres.

“I’m especially pleased that it allows us to upgrade not just local roads but also the infrastructure needed so more people can lead greener and healthier lives by walking and cycling more.”

19 September 2016