Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London have announced a new multi-million pound fund which will support local council efforts to transform town centres into “more attractive, accessible and people-friendly public spaces.”
The £85.9 million Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will support schemes which encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport in line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets strategy.
Grants of between £1 million and £10 million will be available for improvements such as new green spaces, redesigned junctions, better walking routes and cycling infrastructure.
Mayor Khan, said: “I’ve set out bold plans to transform the way Londoners move around our city to improve our health, air quality and future prosperity.
“London’s boroughs are key partners in delivering this vision and through this new funding we can make a real difference by supporting the projects that local people want to see.
“This will ensure that the improvements really work for our local communities, transforming our town centres and successfully encouraging many more Londoners to walk, cycle or use public transport for the good of their health and our environment.”
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing Director of Surface Transport, added: “We want London to remain a world-class city by creating more attractive, accessible, people-friendly streets where everybody can enjoy spending time being physically active.
“Through Liveable Neighbourhoods we are keen to ensure that local communities are at the centre of plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport in their local area.
“With the public’s support we hope people will think twice about jumping in the car for short journeys, improving health and reducing air pollution – two key elements which we believe will make a difference to the lives of Londoners.”