Mayor confirms £4.3m for local transport improvements in Havering

11 December 2009

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 £4.3m for Havering to spend on local transport improvements during 2010/11, including £376,000 for essential road maintenance and £903,000 for major schemes. 

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

  • £364,000 to tackle congestion and improve the environment around Romford town centre
  • £1.2m to progress the new Rainham Village Traffic Management scheme
  • £80,000 for improvements to Hornchurch town centre including providing a safer and more pedestrian-friendly environment
  • £250,000 for road safety improvements, such as upgrading pedestrian crossings including around schools
  • £400,000 for improvements to Hornchurch town centre, including better crossings, wider footpaths, better lighting and street furniture as well as improved accessibility such as dropped kerbs and tactile paving at crossings

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 fomulas

'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: 'Havering 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. 

'Havering also has the flexibility to move 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 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 Havering:

 

 Programme allocation  (£000)
 Maintenance  376
 Corridors  1,525
 Neighbourhoods  985
 Smarter travel  438
 Area-based schemes  903
 Local transport funding  100
   
 Total  4,327