Safety is to be increased in London through the Mayor’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.
Funding will rise from £33 million in November 2017 to £53.4 million in 2019 and will be used throughout inner and outer London neighbourhoods, transforming these to provide greater cycling and walking infrastructure, as well as pedestrian crossings.
It’s all part of the drive towards helping vulnerable road users feel safer in the city – which ties in to the Vision Zero commitment that is aimed at creating an environment in London that will completely eradicate deaths and serious injuries caused by collisions.
By redesigning public spaces as part of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, Transport for London (TfL) believe road danger will be reduced, as Gareth Powell, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, explains.
He said: “Some of London’s streets can be unwelcoming places that feel threatening to the most vulnerable road users, making walking, cycling and using public transport difficult and unattractive.
“We’re working closely with residents, businesses and boroughs across London to change this.
“Our funding will help to boost health, reduce road danger, clean up some of the capital’s pollution hot spots and revitalise local communities by making streets places where people want to spend time with their friends, families and neighbours.”
This year, 11 projects have been awarded funding as part of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme; another of the major advantages is one that the whole country is trying to achieve – reducing emissions.
Pollution is a blight on the UK’s society, as the fourth biggest threat to public health in the country.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will, according to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, “transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them greener and more pleasant places to spend time.”
This will surely satisfy the government, whose Road to Zero and Clean Air strategies are consistent with these targets.