Release Date: 19/12/2016
Safer roads, better public spaces and improved facilities for walking and cycling will be possible in Richmond upon Thames following a £2.59m grant from the Mayor of London.
This continuation of the annual funding provided by Transport for London (TfL) is intended to help boroughs pay for local transport projects as set out in their Local Implementation Plans (LIPs). These plans are approved by TfL and show how the boroughs will contribute to the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy in their area.
The 2017/18 programme includes £1.149m funding for the upgrade of key road corridors and local neighbourhood areas address issues such as road safety, walking, cycling, congestion, bus priority and the local environment.
Funding will support the initial progression of 10 of the 13 priority schemes, including:
Four neighbourhood schemes will also be progressed: Kew Station, Barnes High Street/Church Road, Sheen Lane and Richmond town centre. All schemes will aim to address issues identified through the village planning process.
Around £583k will be spent on supporting measures including road safety investigation, education and training (£203k), air quality schemes (£50k) and village plan issues investigation and action (£70k). Provision of £190k is included to encourage safe and convenient cycling through cycle training and improvements to cycle facilities across the borough.
The remaining £100k will be used for more localised minor transport improvements and £762k for maintenance of identified principal roads.
Cllr Peter Buckwell, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene, said:
“It is a priority for Richmond Council to reduce congestion on our roads, improve road safety and have better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. This funding will enable us to achieve that”
Updated: 19 December 2016