The new £85.9 million Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will give boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport, in line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach.
The programme will provide grants of between £1 million and £10 million for a wide range of community-supported projects, potentially including the creation of green spaces, new cycling infrastructure, redesigned junctions and the widening of walking routes to improve access to local shops, businesses and public transport.
By supporting projects which have local support, the funding will particularly target schemes that are shown to improve boroughs and reduce car trips – improving health and air quality.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is a key part of the Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy, which last month detailed plans to create a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city by making London’s streets more welcoming and encouraging active travel and public transport.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq 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."
Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: "London’s boroughs work hard to transform neighbourhoods and provide additional facilities for local people and visitors to enjoy. We welcome this funding, which will help us create beautiful and – crucially - functional spaces where we can promote sustainable methods of transport, such as walking and cycling, and reduce the impact of pollution."
Liveable Neighbourhoods is a long-term funding programme. Boroughs can submit bids at any time however submissions for each financial year will close in October (20 October for 2017) with announcements of the successful bids made each December.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is being funded through the Mayor’s Healthy Streets portfolio which aims to improve air quality and reduce congestion through transforming communities, making them greener healthier and more attractive places to live and do business.
The Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy sets out a long-term ambition to transform the capital’s transport network and deliver a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city for all Londoners. This includes investment in new and improved services for passengers, an unprecedented focus on walking and cycling and a pledge to make the entire transport system zero emission by 2050.