Trans­port project cash

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON is to re­ceive £5.8 mil­lion to pay for ‘im­prove­ment projects’ around the bor­ough.

The wind­fall is part of £148 mil­lion be­ing al­lo­cated to trans­port projects and town cen­tres across Lon­don, dur­ing the 2016/17 mu­nic­i­pal year, by Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) and Lon­don Mayor Boris John­son.

The cash is in­tended to help coun­cil pay for lo­cal trans­port projects set out in their Lo­cal Im­ple­men­ta­tion Plans (LIPs).

Mr John­son, who is also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said: “This lat­est round of fund­ing will help to trans­form scores of lo­ca­tions in all four cor­ners of our great city.

“It is specif­i­cally tar­geted to help make our roads, town cen­tres and open spa­ces more at­trac­tive places with bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for walk­ing and safer cy­cling.”

As part of the fund­ing Hilling­don will re­ceive £60k for im­prove­ments around the Grand Union canal to cre­ate a ‘safe, quiet and nat­u­ral walk­way’.

Tav Kazmi, Canal & River Trust en­ter­prise man­ager, said: “More and more peo­ple are us­ing the canal, it’s a great place to visit, and we’re making im­prove­ments to lo­cal towpaths in line with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity.”

Lon­don’s Trans­port Com­mis­sioner, Mike Brown, added: “Peo­ple in West Lon­don will see real im­prove­ments to their lo­cal ar­eas as a re­sult of this fund­ing. Work­ing with West Lon­don bor­oughs, hun­dreds of trans­port projects will be de­liv­ered that will ben­e­fit pedes­tri­ans and road users, through safer streets and im­proved pub­lic squares and shop­ping ar­eas.

“Th­ese im­prove­ments will help trans­form com­mu­ni­ties and boost the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Last year, the bor­oughs in West Lon­don used TfL fund­ing to de­liver a range of im­prove­ments for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, through safer junc­tions, re­duced traf­fic speeds and bet­ter walk­ing routes.

Sig­nif­i­cant projects in West Lon­don awarded fund­ing last year in­cluded: £1.9 mil­lion to­wards the £7 mil­lion project to im­prove Hayes town cen­tre, which in­cluded re­open­ing Sta­tion road to through traf­fic and a new round­about at Sta­tion Road and Botwell Lane.

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