Transport services and town centres in West London have been given a New Year boost, as the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed £148 million in funding for improvement projects in the London’s boroughs in 2016/17.
The annual borough funding is provided by TfL to help the boroughs pay for local transport projects set out in their Local Implementation Plans (LIPs). LIPs are plans that show how the boroughs will support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy in their area. For 2016/17, TfL’s financial support for the boroughs’ LIPs has been maintained at £147.8 million and will fund improvements that benefit local communities.
The funding will support a range of different transport projects across West London delivered by the boroughs. Local areas will see safer roads, better public spaces, improved walking facilities and cycling made safer and easier.
Borough by borough
Barnet – £4.8 million including £200,000 towards introducing 20mph limits around nine schools across the borough
Brent – £3.7 million including £210,000 over two years for the Forty Lane Corridor Improvements, which will deliver a new signal junction and improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to reduce casualties on the route into Wembley
Ealing – £5.6 million including £670,000 towards measures that make cycling safer including; cycle parking, training and the council’s Direct Support for Cycling funding programme;
Harrow – £2.4 million including £120,000 towards the introduction of 20mph zones around Park High School and Longfield School to improve road safety;
Hounslow – £5.5 million including £2.3 million for the Feltham High Street improvements, which will deliver improved accessibility in the town centre and improved provision for cyclists and bus users;
Hillingdon – £5.8 million including £60,000 for improvements around the Grand Union canal that will create a safe, quiet and natural walkway;
Hammersmith and Fulham – £2.3 million including £500,000 towards the introduction of 20mph limits across the borough to help make streets safer
Wandsworth – £3.1 million including £800,000 towards introducing 20mph limits across the borough to help make streets safer.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This latest round of funding will help to transform scores of locations in all four corners of our great city. It is specifically targeted to help make our roads, town centres and open spaces more attractive places with better facilities for walking and safer cycling. By helping the boroughs deliver on important local transport schemes, we can help to spur jobs and growth across London.”
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “People in West London will see real improvements to their local areas as a result of this funding. Working with West London boroughs, hundreds of transport projects will be delivered that will benefit pedestrians and road users, through safer streets and improved public squares and shopping areas. These improvements will help transform communities and boost the local economy.”
In addition to funding for boroughs, TfL says it is working with them to help further improve the efficiency of the delivery of projects.
Last year, the boroughs in West London used TfL funding to deliver a range of improvements for local communities, through safer junctions, reduced traffic speeds and better walking routes.
Significant projects in West London awarded funding last year included:
Hillingdon – £1.9 million towards the £7 million project to improve Hayes Town Centre, which included reopening Station road to through traffic and a new roundabout at Station Road/Botwell Lane
Brent – £395,000 for the Harlesden Town Centre ‘routes in’ scheme to reduce pedestrian casualties and improve the public realm on the approaches to the town centre