The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have today announced the first round of winners of a new multi-million pound funding programme, which will transform neighbourhoods across the capital into greener, healthier, more attractive public spaces.
Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest boroughs were all successful in their initial bids for funding from the new 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' programme, which is the first scheme set up to directly deliver the Mayor's new Health Streets Approach across London. The seven boroughs will now develop their proposals further to secure a share of the £114 million in funding for their schemes. They 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.
This year's projects are:
West Ealing, Ealing
Greenwich Town Centre, Greenwich
Hackney Central, Hackney
Crouch End, Haringey
Romford Town Centre, Havering
Deptford Parks, Lewisham
Coppermill Village, Waltham Forest
At this stage £1.25m is being given to the boroughs to help develop their proposals further.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
'As London's population grows, I've outlined my ambition to increase walking and cycling, and improve public spaces across London. I'm delighted that we're now progressing with the local funding that will transform the environment in many local communities. 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.
'We will continue to work closely with boroughs as they develop their plans to improve the environment and transform the quality of life of Londoners.'
London's Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said:
'Local communities are at the centre of our plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport, and our Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will help ensure this happens. Many of London's streets were designed to give cars priority but, by working with London's boroughs, we can help redesign them to put people first - making them better, safer, cleaner places.'
Tompion Platt, Head of Policy at Living Streets, said:
'Our local streets and neighbourhoods have a huge bearing on our health and quality of life. By creating more liveable neighbourhoods which enable walking, encourage social interaction and play and reduce vehicle dominance, we can create healthier, happier and more prosperous communities across London. We congratulate the winning boroughs and look forward to seeing more liveable neighbourhoods across the capital soon.'
Fran Graham, Campaigns Coordinator at London Cycling Campaign, 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.'
Notes to Editors:
Potential total funding, including non-Liveable Neighbourhoods sources (£m)