Funding to help create healthy streets

LRSC TfL neighbourhood funding

Boroughs across London have been awarded funding to create new walking and cycling infrastructure and pedestrian crossings.

Announced on 5 March, the £53.4m comes through the mayor and TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, which aims to reduce car use and improve London’s environment.

A total of 11 boroughs will benefit from the funding, which will also be used on schemes to close ‘rat runs’ to motor traffic, create new pocket parks and revamp public spaces.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said:

“For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic.

“Our investment will transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them cleaner, greener and more pleasant places to spend time.

“Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”

One of the schemes to benefit from the funding will improve travel connections for pedestrians and cyclists to Shortlands station, Bromley, including new protected cycle lanes.

Meanwhile in the City of London, a scheme will aim to reduce traffic passing through the ‘City Cluster’ – an area with the highest density of business activity in the Square Mile.

A zero-emission zone will also be created with innovative technology developed to implement and manage the zone.

Gareth Powell, TfL’s managing director for surface transport, said:

“Some of London’s streets can be unwelcoming places that feel threatening to the most vulnerable road users, making walking, cycling and using public transport difficult and unattractive.

“We’re working closely with residents, businesses and boroughs across London to change this.

“Our funding will help to boost health, reduce road danger, clean up some of the capital’s pollution hot spots and revitalise local communities by making streets places where people want to spend time with their friends, families and neighbours.”

07 March 2019