11 new Liveable Neighbourhoods announced

Today’s exciting news from Transport for London sees 11 new Liveable Neighbourhoods dotted across London take a huge step towards becoming reality. They join the existing seven boroughs with funding, bringing the grand total of Liveable Neighbourhoods up to 18, with the 11 new boroughs splitting £53.4 million (an average of just under £5 million per borough) between them.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme provides funding specifically for area based walking and cycling projects. These are the successor to the “mini-Holland” schemes in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest that London Cycling Campaign won from previous mayor Boris Johnson. In the run-up to Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor, we got him to “Sign for Cycling” and pledge to make available funding for all London boroughs for such programmes – so these Liveable Neighbourhoods are also down to LCC campaigning and your hard work!

The second phase of schemes (see below) look fantastic and ambitious. They include transforming the notorious and lethal Holborn gyratory in Camden, where over 500 of you joined our protest on the lack of action to make the junction safer last summer. This Camden project will also start to deliver our long-campaigned for “London Boulevard” running from Tottenham Court Road to Old Street.

Today’s announcement also means that most London boroughs will be developing or building big cycling schemes this year – and that’s why we need your help more than ever, to make sure the funding wins turn into real, on-the-ground improvements. It also means that campaigning from LCC and our borough groups is really paying off in most boroughs – with schemes we’ve been pushing for years now moving forward.

If you live in one of the 18 boroughs now with Liveable Neighbourhood funding please sign up here to ensure you get regular updates on how the schemes are moving forward and what we and our local groups are up to; if you don’t live in one of those boroughs, please sign up here so you can add your voice to those working in the borough to make sure your town centre is next for a transformation!

All of the seven borough schemes that won funding in 2018 are all moving towards getting their plans out for public consultation - Ealing, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Greenwich, Lewisham and Waltham Forest.

The existing Liveable Neighbourhods will be joined by:

Shortlands, Bromley: Connections to Shortlands station with “protected cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings” plus “School Streets” and a new low traffic neighbourhood west of Bromley Town Centre”, “pocket parks” and a “cycle hub” at the station.

Holborn, Camden: Camden will remove the lethal gyratory and introduce “protected cycle lanes running east to west along High Holborn and Theobalds Road… Sections of New Oxford Street and Great Russell Street will be closed to all motor vehicles… a section of Bloomsbury Way will become bus and cycle only” as part of a future route that will run from Tottenham Court Road to Old Street in Camden and Islington.

City Cluster, City of London: Zero-emission zone in “the heart of the Square Mile, with key streets to be transformed to prioritise people walking and cycling. Other streets in the area will be gradually closed to most motor traffic and opened up as public spaces.”

Old Town, Croydon: The aim is to reduce the impact of the hated Croydon Flyover that severs connections between town and residents.

Enfield Town, Enfield: “new pedestrian crossings and improved cycle links… new 20mph speed limits” will knit the missing town into the broader mini-Holland schemes Enfield is already rolling out.

South Chiswick, Hounslow: The scheme aims to connect south Chiswick to “upcoming Cycleway 9 and create a new pedestrian bridge linking to the Thames Path... also… better access to Dukes Meadows”.

Atlantic Road, Lambeth: Atlantic Road will go “walking, cycling and bus-only road with access… for local freight traffic” with wider “footways and… new pedestrian crossings”. Nearby, “low traffic neighbourhoods in the Railton, Ferndale and Loughborough areas” will feature “modal filters and improved crossing points” and there’ll be a cycle track “between Brixton Town Centre and Loughborough neighbourhood”.

Freemasons Road, Newham: Custom House becomes “a major destination with a new central town square”. Freemasons Road will become “walking and cycling… corridor” and the surrounding residential areas get upgrades too.

South Bermondsey, Southwark:  Cycling and walking in the “Bramcote Park estate” will get improvements and a connection to Cycleway 4 (Tower Bridge to Greenwich), Old Kent Road and Lewisham’s Deptford Parks Liveable Neighbourhood.

Bow, Tower Hamlets: The town centre around “historic Roman Road” will get “improved walking and cycling connections from the surrounding areas” and “bus improvements” too. Old Ford Road gets “cycle facilities” and the road “underneath Coborn Street rail bridge” gets a modal filter.

Ilford, Redbridge: is to get “segregated cycle lanes which will connect communities currently divided by the North Circular… New bridges will be built over the River Roding and Alders Brook.”

In the launch press release:

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50M investment will transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them cleaner, greener and more pleasant places to spend time. Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”

Fran Graham, Campaigns Coordinator at London Cycling Campaign said: “These bold proposals to make greener, healthier neighbourhoods, where far more journeys can be walked and cycled, and where car use is reduced are great news. They come as a result of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Sign for Cycling’ campaign, to provide funding for such schemes in every borough. We look forward to working with the new Liveable Neighbourhoods boroughs to turn their plans into a reality and to help the remaining boroughs without funding to bring forward suitably radical plans to improve their boroughs as well.”

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications at Living Streets, said: "Motor traffic is having a serious impact on the health and safety of people living and working in London. These imaginative plans will help make our capital city a healthier, happier place for everyone. We're delighted that more communities are set to benefit from cleaner, safer and more attractive streets. Not only will this ensure that people who currently walk and cycle are protected but it stands to enable and encourage more people to choose healthier, more sustainable ways to carry out their everyday journeys."

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