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Funding increase of £11m for cycling in London, claims mayor

Joe Robinson
14 Feb 2018

New funding stream to focus specifically on increasing walking and cycling in each London borough

An extra £11.6m has been allocated by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in this year's London budget to help improvements to road safety and cycling within the capital.

In a press release, Khan stated that 'the extra £11.6m funding I’m announcing in this year’s budget means more funding to get projects off the ground this year, with boroughs having more money available to them than any year under the previous Mayor.'

Divided between London's 33 boroughs (32 plus City of London), the extra funding will be made available for schemes that help improve air quality, reduce road danger and encourage cycling and walking. 

This comes alongside a new funding stream created by Transport for London called 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' which will provide £114m to local environments, helping to enable more cycling and walking through alternative transport and public space improvements.

So far, this funding has already been awarded to Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest.

Commenting on these latest announcements, London director of cycling and walking at charity Sustrans, Matt Winfield, spoke of his delight at this funding increase.

'The Mayor’s extra funding boost is yet another step in the right direction towards enabling more of us to get about on foot and by bike, and a very welcome investment to make London a vibrant and healthy city.'

This increased funding also comes days after it was announced progress on Cycle Superhighway 11 from Swiss Cottage to Oxford Street is set to continue this year after a series of delays.

Westminster City Council and the Crown Estates Paving Commission had previously held reservations over the project but have since announced they no longer plan to block the latest cycle route, which includes plans to shut four of the eight entrances to Regent's Park daily.

Sceptics will hope that these latest steps forward will help reverse the stagnation Khan has experienced when it comes to cycling in his time in office.

Despite the Labour man promising to make London a 'byword for cycling' many claim he has fallen short of his initial ambitious promises.

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