TfL awards London’s boroughs £63 million to make streets safer
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Posted: 3 April 2023 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
The funding will support more active travel in outer London and help Londoners prepare for expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Transport for London (TfL) has allocated more than £63m in funding for London’s boroughs in 2023/24, with more to follow in 2024/25, to the capital’s roads safer and more attractive for people using public transport, walking and cycling.
TfL’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) allocation funding will support boroughs to deliver new cycle routes, school streets schemes, new or upgraded pedestrian crossings, bus priority schemes and 20mph speed limits on borough roads. Enabling more people to walk, cycle and access public transport is vital to a healthier and more sustainable city for all Londoners.
TfL has now allocated funding for the next financial year (2023/24), which will see nearly £39m allocated to outer London boroughs, including £4m to Barking and Dagenham, £1.8m to Hounslow, £2.5m to Hillingdon and nearly £2m to Sutton. £24m has also allocated to inner London boroughs, including nearly £1.9m to Islington and nearly £2.3m to Newham. Confirming this means that the boroughs now have certainty of funding and can look to progress their plans as efficiently as possible.
Following extensive engagement with the boroughs, bus priority schemes will be funded, including the delivery of new bus lanes across London. More than 90 of the funded bus priority schemes are planned in outer London boroughs. These will help make bus services more reliable and attractive as an alternative to the car and contribute to London’s target of building 25km of new bus lanes by March 2025.
TfL will also continue to work with the boroughs to expand London’s cycle network at pace, aiming for 70 per cent of Londoners to live within 400m of the network by 2041. Boroughs are vital partners in this endeavour and this round of funding will enable them to deliver new routes across London, including between Colliers Wood and Sutton, between Leyton and Lea Bridge, between Ealing and Greenford and between Enfield Town and Broxbourne.
“London’s boroughs are at the centre of our plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport and the Local Implementation Plan programme is vital in providing more localised investment in bus priority, walking and cycling schemes across the city,” commented Alex Williams, Chief Customer and Strategy Officer at TfL. “This investment will deliver benefits, especially in outer London and plays a huge role in our determination to provide a green, healthy and sustainable future for all Londoners.”
The £63m allocated to boroughs is the latest allocation of the £138m made available to boroughs as part TfL’s funding deal with Government last year. Boroughs have already invested £59m in vital schemes improving access to walking, cycling and public transport.
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