Sadiq Khan has announced an annual £154 million spending on cycling in London over the next five years, including new routes in Hammersmith and the West End.
Khan said in a statement on Monday December 5 that the cash injection into cycling is to help Londoners get about quickly without having to use a car, bringing both health benefits and continuing his policies for improving air quality. The announcement came only a day before the Mayor plans to take control of London’s suburban railways were derailed by Transport Minister Chris Grayling.
The new investment, part of the Transport for London (TfL) draft Business Plan, also features provisions for creating more pedestrian crossings and pavement space. Now reaching a total of £770 million, the amount nearly doubles the £79 million per year spent over the last mayoral term, which places London roughly level with the Netherlands for money spent for cycling.
The Mayor will also be appointing a new walking and cycling commissioner for London who will be an advocate for active travel in London. The new plans include phase two of the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Farringdon to Kings Cross, which will start construction in 2017.
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 Mr Khan has given his endorsement for.
At least 20 more Quietway routes will be planned, making cycling safer and easier in different parts of London including Hammersmith. 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.
In a later meeting the Mayor also committed £72 million over the next four years to help prevent crime across London, maintaining recent levels of investment despite significant pressures on the policing budget. His new investment will help to deliver local services including support for victims of domestic and sexual violence, knife crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders within the community. Khan spoke about the new initiatives claiming “This new approach to funding strikes a balance between maintaining crucial local programmes while supporting collaborative work between different areas and organisations.”
The Mayor said: “I said in my manifesto that I’d be the most pro-cycling Mayor London has ever had. Today I’m delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years compared to the previous Mayor.”
“Making cycling safe and easier can provide huge benefits for us all; improving our health, cleaning up our toxic air, and helping tackle congestion.”