London Councils has helped beat off a threat to cut Transport for London’s Local Implementation Funding by 25 per cent.
Following representations from London Councils, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson announced boroughs will receive the full amount of funding at the Mayor’s Question Time.
Transport for London indicated in August that it planned to reduce the total amount of money shared between the 33 London local authorities for their Local Implementation Plans (LIPs) by £37million from 2015/16.
The Chair of London Councils, Mayor Jules Pipe and the Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Councillor Catherine West, wrote to Transport for London and the Mayor of London to expressing concern that boroughs would be left counting the cost of deteriorating road surfaces and projects to attract more shoppers to local high streets.
Each London borough has a LIP which sets out how transport in the area could be improved, for example to revitalise town centres. Boroughs are responsible for 95 per cent of London’s roads.
Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee Councillor Catherine West said: “London Councils has lobbied hard to protect the vital funding for Local Implementation Plans and we welcome the Mayor of London’s intervention to secure the money for the boroughs.
“While only accounting for one per cent of Transport for London’s total budget, LIPs funding pays for important schemes to revitalise town centres; lowering curbs to help wheelchair users to board buses more easily and improving pavements and borough roads for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic.”