New projects to receive £50 million to create healthy streets across London

6 Mar 2019 12:45 PM

The Mayor and TfL's Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is funding transformational projects to reduce car use and improve London's environment.

The Mayor of London and TfL have announced 11 new successful bids in their multi-million pound Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.

The funding, which has increased from £33 million in November 2017 to £53.4 million 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.

The London boroughs of Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Enfield, Hounslow, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge and the City of London Corporation have all been successful in being awarded funding.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

On top of the £33 million funding awarded last year, this means that 18 boroughs have now received Liveable Neighbourhoods money to reduce car use and turn local areas 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% 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%.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, yesterday said:

'For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50 million 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.'

Gareth Powell, TfL's Managing Director for Surface Transport, yesterday 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.'

Economic benefits

The projects awarded funding this year include:

Create healthy streets

This year's Liveable Neighbourhoods investment follows on from the last round of funding in late 2017, 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.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, yesterday said: 

'London's boroughs work hard to maintain and improve neighbourhoods across the capital, working closely with our local residents.

'Boroughs will welcome this funding, which will support our work to create beautiful and - crucially - functional spaces where we can promote sustainable methods of transport, such as walking and cycling, and reduce the impact of pollution.'

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.

Growing cycling network

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.

Fran Graham, Campaigns Coordinator at London Cycling Campaign said:

'These bold proposals to make greener, healthier neighbourhoods, where far more journeys can be walked and cycled, and where car use is reduced are great news.

'They come as a result of Mayor Sadiq Khan's promise to London Cycling Campaign's 'Sign for Cycling' campaign, to provide funding for such schemes in every borough.

'We look forward to working with the new Liveable Neighbourhoods boroughs to turn their plans into a reality and to help the remaining boroughs without funding to bring forward suitably radical plans to improve their boroughs as well.”

Matt Winfield, London Director at Sustrans, yesterday said:

'The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is transforming London's neighbourhoods and town centres, enabling more everyday trips on foot and bike. Being ambitious for walking & cycling will help to make London a safer, healthier and happier city for all.

'We are delighted to have helped write Bromley's successful bid and are particularly excited about the opportunity for positive and ambitious change in outer London that this round of awards offers.'

Overwhelmingly positive impact

Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers CEO, yesterday said:

'There can be no doubt about it now - we've seen where the Mayor and local boroughs have invested in this way in places like Walthamstow, the overwhelmingly positive impact it can have on the lives of people living and working there.

'By improving people's access to green spaces and enabling more people to go about their everyday lives on foot, we not only improve their health and wellbeing, but also the quality of life of their neighbours.'

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications at Living Streets, yesterday said:

'Motor traffic is having a serious impact on the health and safety of people living and working in London. These imaginative plans will help make our capital city a healthier, happier place for everyone.

'We're delighted that more communities are set to benefit from cleaner, safer and more attractive streets. Not only will this ensure that people who currently walk and cycle are protected but it stands to enable and encourage more people to choose healthier, more sustainable ways to carry out their everyday journeys.'