“Reducing traffic dominance” is at heart of London’s new £114m Liveable Neighbourhoods programme. Seven London boroughs will share the funding, states a press release.
This follows on from an announcement earlier this week when London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he planned to reduce car parking to get more people on bikes.
In today's announcement, Khan was reported to have said: "Our new Liveable Neighbourhood scheme will see millions of pounds invested in schemes that will directly make walking and cycling a safe, enjoyable and convenient option for many more Londoners - supporting small businesses by making our high streets cleaner, safer and more enjoyable places to spend time."
Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham, Waltham Forest will progress proposals that, it is said, "will transform local communities." This will involve changes to town centres and their surrounding residential areas to directly improve conditions for walking and cycling, while reducing traffic dominance and supporting businesses by making local town centres more attractive.
There will be another round of funding next year, where other boroughs will be able to come forward with proposals for further Liveable Neighbourhoods funding.
As outlined in his draft Transport Strategy, the Mayor wants to increase the proportion of trips in London made on foot, by cycle or using public transport to 80 per cent by 2041, compared to 64 per cent now, meaning an average of 3 million fewer car journeys in London each day. This includes Londoners doing at least the 20 minutes of active travel each day that they need to stay healthy.
London Cycling Campaign's campaigns coordinator Fran Graham said:
'We are delighted to see Liveable Neighbourhood funding awarded to seven boroughs this year to create areas that put walking and cycling first. This programme - the evolution of the Mini-Holland schemes - is the first step to delivering the promise the Mayor made to our Sign for Cycling campaign, to enable every London borough to have the chance of such a scheme. And we are pleased to see how many boroughs want to create neighbourhoods that prioritise walking and cycling over motor traffic, to reduce congestion and air pollution, and help people lead more healthy, active lives."
This year's projects are:
Proposals include comprehensive improvements along the Broadway and to parallel quieter routes, reduced rat-running in the adjoining residential areas, parking controls, and new walking and cycling routes, including links to the new Elizabeth line station.
The scheme aims to transform Greenwich Town Centre by removing the dangerous and intimidating gyratory and providing a much more generous pedestrian environment, in particular on the approach to the World Heritage Site. It will also provide a safe cycling route through the town centre.
Key routes in the town centre will be transformed by a reduction in traffic, the introduction of two-way protected cycle lanes on Mare Street, a ban on general traffic at the south end of Amhurst Road, and making three dangerous junctions safer, including Pembury Circus
Crouch End, Haringey
Under the proposals, pedestrian and cycling conditions in Crouch End town centre will be improved to help encourage more active travel in the area, tackling congestion and improving air quality and residents' well-being. The proposals, which residents will be consulted on, look to create a new square incorporating the clock tower, currently surrounded by traffic on all sides. Segregated cycle routes will feed the town centre, pedestrian crossings will be improved and traffic will be reduced on residential streets with new modal filters
The project will enable more walking and cycling in Romford town centre by making the busy ring road easier to cross on foot and by bike. Existing subways will be replaced by pedestrian and cycle crossings at street level along with new bus lanes and public spaces
Deptford Parks, Lewisham
Streets in North Deptford will see reduced traffic through new restrictions. Walking and cycling will be transformed by a new north-south traffic-free route along the former Grand Surrey Canal, new Copenhagen crossings, cycle parking, and street lighting. New cycle routes through the park will link to the proposed new Bakerloo line station (New Cross Gate).
Coppermill Village, Waltham Forest
The funding will support the regeneration of St James Street and Blackhorse Road and will create access routes to the newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands. Coppermill Lane will be turned into a 'cycle street', safer junctions and crossings will be added and the area will be improved with new wayfinding and planting
At this stage £1.25m is being given to the boroughs to help develop their proposals further.