Mayor confirms £3.8m for local transport improvements in Hounslow

11 December 2009
"Even in these tough economic times I am committed to providing this funding to all of London's boroughs"

Even in these tough economic times I am committed to providing this funding to all of London's boroughs

The Mayor of London today confirmed £3.8m for Hounslow to spend on local transport improvements during 2010/11, including £425,000 for essential road maintenance. 

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

  • £840,000 for improvements along the Twickenham Road aimed at smoothing traffic flows, improving conditions for cyclists, buses and pedestrians as well as design work for major improvements at Busch Corner
  • £50,000 for the provision of a Toucan crossing on north side of Whitton Road Rail Bridge
  • £240,000 for improvements to the Wellington Road area, including traffic calming, Controlled Parking Zone proposals, improvements to pedestrian routes and better accessibility to seven local schools
  • £130,000 to introduce a 20mph zone and improvements to walking routes to the local school and shops in Stile Hall Gardens, Chiswick, with consultation being undertaken in the area in 2009/10
  • £35,000 to install a zebra crossing outside Feltham Hill Infant and Nursery School, Bedfont Road, Feltham to improve road safety for vulnerable pedestrians

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.

Fairer funding formulas

'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.'

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

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: 'Hounslow 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. 

'Hounslow 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 TfL 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 LIP funding for Houslow:

 

 Programme allocation (£000)
 Maintenance  425
 Corridors  1,694
 Neighbourhoods  1,142
 Smarter travel 484
 Area-based schemes  0
 Local transport funding  100
  
 Total 3,845