Business groups are to be offered funding by Transport for London (TfL) to develop projects that reduce the poor air quality in the capital.
This funding – from TfL’s Healthy Streets Fund for Business – totals £170,000, which will be matched by those business groups who have been offered funding for innovative projects that also reduce traffic and ease congestion.
Five business groups have been offered a share of the investment, which follows on from the Mayor’s Freight and Servicing Action Plan, and the Walking and Cycling Action Plans published in 2018.
Action is needed because of the increase in goods vehicle movements by a fifth in the capital since 2010, which contributes to poor air quality and reduced health and safety.
With the majority of freight movements made in the morning peak when more vulnerable road users are on London’s streets, it means danger is at its highest.
TfL is committed to reducing the danger posed by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) through its Direct Vision Standard, but these five projects will contribute to safety, and cleaning up London’s toxic air, which is one of the biggest threats to public health.
The five schemes will reduce the number of freight movements on the streets of London, therefore reducing pollution and improving health and safety.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, commented: “We have no option but to be smarter in how our streets work.
“With London’s population growing, congestion is not only costly and inefficient for businesses, but has a damaging knock-on effect on air quality and our environment.
“I’m delighted that this funding will not only support innovative projects that reduce the impact of the growing number of deliveries and collections, but also enable more employees to walk and cycle to work.
“Working with businesses, the roll out of these schemes will keep our city moving, helping improve health and quality of life for everyone.”