Boris Bikes head for Wandsworth

The Mayor of London’s Cycle Hire Scheme is set to expand into Wandsworth, part funded by a CIL.

Transport for London has revealed the timetable for the roll-out which would see around sixty docking stations installed across the north of Wandsworth by spring 2014. This first expansion into Wandsworth would include everywhere east of Putney High Street and north of the South Circular.

Later this month Wandsworth councillors will consider proposals to make a £2m contribution towards the costs of the expansion which, if approved, would be part funded from a Community Infrastructure Levy.

LB Hammersmith & Fulham have just agreed to make a £2m contribution to see the scheme extended to their borough, together this will produce a significant increase in non-motorised connectivity in inner-west London.

Council Leader Ravi Govindia said: “We’ve fought long and hard to secure this expansion and we will continue to press for a borough-wide roll out in the months ahead. The bikes are convenient, fun, help reduce air pollution and are much cheaper than other forms of public transport. They will be a great addition to our transport system.”

Public information sessions will begin in October 2012, and all docking stations are expected to be installed by spring 2014.

The extension to the west and the introduction of new docking stations within the existing area will increase the number of bicycles by 2,400 to around 11,000 and are expected deliver an additional 250,000-300,000 Cycle Hire journeys each month.

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