The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have announced eleven new successful bids in its multi-million pound Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.
Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019
The funding which has increased from £33 million in November 2017 to £53.4 this year will be used to transform local neighbourhoods in inner and outer London, with new walking and cycling infrastructure, new pedestrian crossings and rat runs closed to motor traffic. New pocket parks and revamped public spaces will improve air quality and make local streets more attractive places, helping to support local high streets.
Investment in South Chiswick, worth up to £2 million, will provide a new pedestrian bridge under Barnes railway bridge to fill a missing link in to the Thames Path at Dukes Meadow. New cycle connections will be made between the Thames Path and the upcoming Cycleway 9. Grove Park piazza will be redesigned, school streets introduced and low-traffic neighbourhoods developed in the residential areas south of the A4.
The London boroughs of Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Enfield, Hounslow, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge and the City of London have all been successful in being awarded funding.
On top of the £33M funding awarded last time, this means that 18 boroughs have now received Liveable Neighbourhoods funding to reduce car use and turn local neighbourhoods into safer, greener and healthier places for Londoners to live.
Liveable Neighbourhoods is part of the Mayor’s record £2.3bn overall investment to create Healthy Streets across the capital, with the aim of increasing the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80 per cent by 2041, and cut the damaging impact of air pollution in the capital.
Recent TfL research has highlighted the economic benefits of walking and cycling in local areas, with infrastructure improvements such as new cycle routes leading to increased retail spending of up to 30 per cent.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50M 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.”
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council, said: “This Liveable Neighbourhoods funding award is fantastic news for Hounslow. The Thames Path is a wonderful amenity for residents and visitors alike, and this funding will improve everyone’s access to it. The funding will also allow us to explore better links to the proposed cycle improvements along Chiswick High Road, and hopefully give people real options with regard to using their cars less. These improvements to our walking and cycling infrastructure will turn our localities into safer, greener and healthier places for our local residents to live in.”
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.”
This year’s Liveable Neighbourhoods investment follows on from the last round of funding, when seven boroughs shared up to £33 million in funding for schemes to transform neighbourhoods and create Healthy Streets. Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest boroughs were all awarded funding last year and are making good progress on their schemes, with consultations on a number of these set to begin later this year.
Last year, TfL also published action plans about how they will increase the number of people walking and cycling, as well as outlining the Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injuries from London’s roads.
TfL’s £2.3bn record Healthy Streets funding also includes investment in London’s growing cycling network. TfL is set to begin construction of the Cycleway 9 and Cycleway 4 routes in west and south east London later this year. Construction work on a further two routes, between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs and between Tottenham Hale and Camden could also begin later in the year, subject to consultation. The Mayor’s Cycling Action Plan, launched in January, sets out how TfL and the Mayor will double the number of cycle trips in the capital over the next six years.