A successful bid for £3.2m to help transform Southwark's Old Kent Road has been won through the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.
The scheme, run by the capital’s Mayor and Transport for London (TfL), provides money to transform streets around the city to make them both pedestrian and cycle-friendly and revamp public spaces.
The funding will go towards a project in Southwark investing money into the Bonamy and Bramcote estates, which will reduce car use by making walking and cycling much easier for residents. It will also connect the area with the future Cycleway 4 and Old Kent Road.
Roads will be closed to through traffic, junctions re-designed and streets made easier to cross on foot.
Councillor Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for environment, transport management and air quality at Southwark Council, said: “We are thrilled to have secured funding from the Mayor’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, and are keen to build on our borough-wide initiatives, encouraging people to walk and cycle more.
“Earlier this year, residents around Bramcote Grove were telling me of their concerns regarding parking and traffic and I look forward to working together with TfL and all of the people who live around and pass through the Bonamy and Bramcote estates to transform the area into a safer, greener and healthier space.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”
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