London transport

TFL allocates £63million in funding for London boroughs

Transport for London (TFL) has announced more than £63million in funding for boroughs across London as it hones in on making travel safer.

The funding includes £4million to Barking and Dagenham, £1.8milion to Hounslow, £2.5million to Hillingdon and nearly £2million to Sutton.

A further 24million will be divvied up to inner London boroughs, with Islington gaining nearly £1.9million in funding and almost £2.3m going to Newham.

The financial aid will be used to improve public transport within each borough and reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries caused by travel in the capital.

Last year, TFL recorded 285 train accidents and more than 5,000 bus-related injuries, 16 of which were fatal.

The statistics for pedal bike-related accidents and casualties are due later this year, but 16,458 were reported in 2021.

New cycle routes will be unveiled using the funding as well as upgraded pedestrian crossings. Bus priority schemes and 20mph speed limits on borough roads will also be rolled out.

Meanwhile, the construction of a bus priority scheme will be completed in Newham on the approaches to the junction of Prince Regent Lane and Tollgate Road, including the provision of roughly 600m of a new bus lane.

TFL recorded 285 train accidents and more than 5,000 bus-related injuries last year

In Richmond upon Thames, a consultation is underway to convert hail and ride sections on route 419 to fixed stops.

In Barking and Dagenham, talks around completing a bus priority scheme on Wood Lane and introducing 250m of new bus lane and upgrading the existing traffic signals are ongoing. 

Alex Williams, chief customer and strategy officer at TFL, said: “This investment will deliver benefits, especially in outer London and plays a huge role in our determination to provide a green, healthy and sustainable future for all Londoners.

“We look forward to working closely with the boroughs to deliver projects that make our city greener, safer and better for everyone.”   

Mayor Philip Glanville, London councils’ executive member for climate change, transport and environment, added: “This funding is hugely welcome as a starting point, but we will continue to work with Government to address the funding backlog to improve London’s highways infrastructure, including cycle routes, footpaths, lighting, trees, gullies, bridges and tunnels.

“We look forward to working alongside TFL and government to make sure active travel is a sustainable and viable option for all Londoners wanting to make greener choices for themselves and for London’s green future.” 

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