Future Streets Incubator

We're investing in bright ideas to radically improve London's streets. From ideas such as temporary public plazas to new street layouts, technology and infrastructure, the fund is a great way to try out innovative low-cost measures.

We look to fund projects based on ideas for small-scale schemes from local boroughs, Business Improvement Districts and community groups.

On 18 February 2016 we announced the latest awards to four innovative street-improvement trials:

    Intelligent street

    In partnership with New West End Company

    Bird Street - a traffic-free space off Oxford Street - will showcase a range of cutting-edge technologies designed to generate energy from the sun and pavement movement, and potentially improve air quality.

    Bankside boardwalk

    In partnership with Better Bankside

    A flexible boardwalk on Lavington Street will help to create a pedestrian boulevard. The new boardwalk system will be used to widen the path as one-way traffic is trialled on the traffic-dominated rat run.

    Noise-absorbing barrier

    In partnership with Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association and London Borough of Tower Hamlets

    Near the A12 Blackwall Tunnel an innovative noise-absorbing material to protect residents will be trialled at the A12 underpass between Empson Street and Gillender Street. It will incorporate a green wall with integrated watering system.

    Inmidtown Consolidation Centre

    In partnership with Inmidtown BID

    A central platform for ordering everyday items like milk and newspapers will allow consolidated deliveries to be made using electric vehicles or cargo bikes to up to 320 local businesses. The new service could reduce vehicle miles by 81% year and achieve an annual 60% reduction in delivery-related greenhouse gas emissions.

    Future Streets Incubator will help to deliver recommendations made by the Roads Task Force, which calls for a stronger focus on innovation and overcoming the barriers to trying new ideas.

    Earlier schemes

    A number of creative ideas that have already received funding include:

    Simultaneous Green

    In partnership with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

    A continental-style simultaneous green signal will give cyclists a dedicated green light in all directions during which they can safely and efficiently cross a junction along their desire lines.


    In partnership with the London Borough of Bromley.

    A flexible lane using intelligent road studs and dynamic signs will switch between loading bays, parking and a bus lane throughout the day. The trial will allow road space to be used more efficiently.

    Colourful Crossings

    In partnership with Better Bankside.

    An artist will bring graphic designs to pedestrian crossings and the carriageway on Southwark Street in Bankside. The crossings will show how art can change people's perceptions and use of junctions and bring the street to life.


    In partnership with the City of Westminster.

    E-parking permits will communicate with sensors embedded in disabled resident parking bays to provide better, more targeted enforcement of parking regulations and ensure kerbside access for Blue Badge holders.


    In partnership with Team London Bridge and the London Borough of Ealing.

    Parking bays will be repurposed to provide amenities such as seating, canopies, greenery and cycle parking. These living spaces will give streets a cost-effective makeover and improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

    School Streets

    In partnership with the London Borough of Camden.

    Changes will be made to road layouts, and efforts made to reduce traffic levels mostly associated with the school run. The trial will encourage people to make small changes to how they travel.

    Tunnel Vision

    In partnership with The Brick Box.

    A blighted underpass will be transformed using interactive new lighting design and resilient, low-maintenance technology to improve safety and security for pedestrians.

    Sight Line

    In partnership with the London Borough of Islington and the Royal College of Art.

    Improvements will be made to road work barriers to help visually impaired people navigate around them. Features include tactile arrows, high contrast signs and real-time digital location information.

    Cloud Consolidator

    In partnership with the Fitzrovia Partnership.

    An online purchasing system will be introduced to reduce the number of freight vehicles by combining common orders and deliveries for local businesses.

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