Mayor confirms £3.4m for local transport improvements in Bexley

11 December 2009
"Bexley has identified a range of small and large scale projects that will make a real difference to local people"

Bexley has identified a range of small and large scale projects that will make a real difference to local people

The Mayor of London today confirmed £3.4m for Bexley to spend on local transport improvements during 2010/11, including £671,000 for essential road maintenance. 

Bexley has been developing proposals for a number of schemes that it will be financing with the funding package, including:

  • £315,000 for improvements to Sidcup Town Centre and corridor to improve accessibility and traffic flow and enhance the public realm
  • £50,000 for improvements to the Welling Town Centre corridor to provide a better environment for pedestrians, improve bus journey times and reduce congestion
  • £314,000 for a number of local road safety schemes across the borough to reduce collisions at high risk locations while addressing the needs of all road users
  • £210,000 to develop walking and cycling facilities across borough, such as new cycle lanes and parking to encourage safe, green travel

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: 'Even in these tough economic times I am committed to providing this funding to all of London's boroughs.

'The investment means that across the Capital town centres and public spaces are being overhauled, cycling and walking facilities are being improved, and roads are being made safer.

'We have cut red tape to make it easier for borough councils to choose the local transport projects that benefit their residents the most, simplifying the funding system and working together to give local people the improvements they want.

'This time we're also giving an extra focus to cycling - helping to provide the training, cycle parking, and maintenance knowhow to support the introduction of the first two Cycle Superhighways next year.'

Investing in local schemes

Funding for local schemes is allocated each year by Transport for London.  

The Mayor has simplified the system - reducing the number of funding streams from 23 to five, and introducing fairer funding formulas where needed. 

London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy said: 'Bexley has identified a range of small and large scale projects that will make a real difference to local people by improving town centres and public spaces, reducing the number of collisions on our roads, improving the environment and promoting greener forms of travel. 

'Bexley also has the flexibility to move certain funding between projects if, during the course of the year, they find more or less funding is needed for individual schemes.'


Notes to editors

  • Each borough produces a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) to demonstrate how they plan to implement the Mayor's Transport Strategy locally. While Transport for London allocated funding for individual schemes, the LIP and delivery of individual projects is the responsibility of each borough
  • In addition to the usual borough allocation, TfL has included £100,000 for each of the boroughs to spend locally on transport as they choose
  • Below is a table with a breakdown of Local Implementation Plan funding for Bexley:

     

     Programme allocation  (£000)
     Maintenance  671
     Corridors  1,189
     Neighbourhoods  797
     Smarter travel  317
     Area-based schemes  350
     Local transport funding  100
       
     Total  3,424