December 5, 2016
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today confirmed a record £154m per year will be spent on cycling over the next five years. The investment forms part of the Transport for London (TfL) draft Business Plan, to be published later this week.
Over the course of the Business Plan to 2021/2022, a total of £770m will be spent on infrastructure and initiatives to promote cycling. This investment represents an average £17 per head per annum and is on a par with Denmark and transport authorities in the Netherlands. More detail is further below.
The Mayor will very shortly be appointing a new walking and cycling commissioner for London, who will be an advocate for active travel in London – raising the profile of both cycling and walking, and working with us to make cycling safer and easier.
- This new cycling budget includes the completion of phase two of the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Farringdon to Kings Cross, which will begin construction next year.
- It also includes the extension of the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Lancaster Gate and work to deliver Cycle Superhighway 11 from Swiss Cottage to the West End, which the Mayor has given his endorsement for and next steps will be announced imminently.
- The Business Plan also confirms funding for two new Cycle Superhighways. Consultations will begin next year on Cycle Superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Cycle Superhighway 9 from Olympia towards Hounslow, each route also tackling a number of traffic-dominated junctions. We will continue to focus on how we can minimise disruption and congestion as we progress the construction of new cycling infrastructure.
- Working with London boroughs, the three Mini Hollands in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest and at least twenty more Quietway routes will be planned or rolled-out, making cycling safer and easier in different parts of London including Hammersmith, Finsbury Park, Croydon and Barking.
- The record investment will deliver more joined up cycling infrastructure right across the city, including a new cyclist and pedestrian bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, creating easier connectivity in the area.
- We will also continue to develop a strategic cycle network that identifies new Cycle Superhighways and Quietways, as well as new Liveable Neighbourhoods.
- Research, that will be published in the next few months, identifies the links that are fundamental to the development of a cycle network. These include connections between Wembley and Hammersmith, Kilburn and Edgware, East Finchley and Hoxton, Tottenham and Camden Town, Hackney and Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Oval, Streatham and Oval. We will work with relevant boroughs and other partners to assess the feasibility of these much needed improvements
Finally, our Draft Business Plan will be published online on 8 December