Borough shortlisted for 'mini-Holland' cash

by Jim Dunton Wed 4 September 2013, 2:32 pm

Ealing Council has moved a step closer to securing a multi-million pound funding boost to pay for a range of road improvements to improve cycling access.

Ealing: on cycle cash shortlist

The borough has been shortlisted to receive a slice of a £100 million funding pot from London Mayor Boris Johnson aimed at boosting cycling levels and cutting down on car journeys by providing better routes.

The council’s bid for the “mini-Holland” cash includes implementing a cycle-friendly redesign of Ealing town centre, and the introduction of a special cycling “quietway” between Ealing and Southall.

The scheme will now undergo further scrutiny by Transport for London and cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan, with a decision on whether it will be one of the three or four projects to receive a share of the cash expected early next year.

Johnson said it was “fantastic” that 18 of the 20 outer-London boroughs had submitted bids in the first round of the scheme.

“We've seen some really creative ideas – from a floating bicycle boardwalk to cycling superhubs – and they’ve all got huge potential to revolutionise how we get around on two wheels,” he said.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said the shortlist place was “excellent” news.

“We will now put every effort into sprinting to the finishing line of this competition to secure the prize of dramatic improvements to cycling in the borough,” he said.

TfL's programme aims to get more suburban residents to leave their cars at home and switch to bikes for shorter journeys, and recognises that most of the recent boost in cycling activity in the capital has been focused on central London.

Boroughs were invited to submit proposals for town-centre redesigns, cycle-friendly crossings, new local cycle routes, railway-station cycle “superhubs”, and at least one good commuter route into central London for cyclists.

In addition to Ealing, the other shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Enfield, Kingston, Merton, Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.

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