March 21, 2018

Revealed: £148m plans to improve London for cyclists and pedestrians

A wholesale redesign of Bank junction and a fresh “mini-Holland” scheme in east London are among a string of projects unveiled today by TfL to improve the lot of cyclists and pedestrians in the capital.

Transport bosses have pledged £148 million to help London’s 33 local councils carry out improvement works to roads, junctions and public spaces.

Among the most ambitious projects is a £5.5m mini-Holland project in Stratford, which follows similar programmes in Walthamstow and Enfield that have seen roads closed and cycle provisions significantly increased.

Although Stratford failed to win any of the £10m up for grabs for “mini-Holland” programmes earlier this year, Newham Council has secured cash from a separate pot to go ahead with its plans to rip up the gyratory around Stratford station and “reshape” the town centre.

Bank junction will end up with “widened footways, cycle routes and improved public space to make the busy junction safer”, while cycling through the West End will be improved to the tune of £1m.

Other plans include work to bring down Islington’s high number of road accidents, taking out the gyratory in Morden town centre and building a new waterside cycle route in Greenwich.

And three boroughs – Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith and Fulham and Wandsworth – will see blanket 20mph speed limits put in place following consultations in 2015.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the funding was “specifically targeted to help make our roads, town centres and open spaces more attractive places with better facilities for walking and safer cycling”.

The total value of the grants is the same as it was last year, though the amounts given to each borough are different.

London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown MVO vowed the cash would “help transform communities and boost the local economy”.

A spokesman added: “The annual borough funding is provided by TfL to help the boroughs pay for local transport projects set out in their local implementation plans, which show how the boroughs will support the Mayor’s transport strategy.”

The amount of cash handed out to individual town halls ranges from £1.9m in Sutton to £6.4m for Westminster, which just beats Greenwich, which will receive £6.3m.

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