Published: Monday, 4th December 2017
Royal Greenwich's ambitious plans to transform Greenwich Town Centre moved a step closer after winning funding from the Mayor of London's Liveable Neighbourhoods initiative.
Royal Greenwich is one of only seven boroughs to be chosen in the initial round of bids for funding under the Transport for London programme.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods initiative is the first scheme set up to deliver the Mayor's 'Healthy Streets Approach across London' plan, aimed at improving air quality and reducing congestion, encouraging residents and visitors to walk, cycle and use public transport.
Greenwich Town Centre is at the heart of the internationally famous Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site which attracts an estimated nine million visitors a year.
The Council's proposals include designing a more generous and welcoming pedestrian environment, in particular on the approach to the World Heritage Site. It will also provide a safe cycling route through the town centre.
'Putting our plans into action'
Cllr Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities, said: "Our ambitious long term plan is to make Greenwich Town Centre a much more attractive place for both visitors and residents, building on the work we are already carrying out in the surrounding area. We look forward to receiving full details of the funding allocation so that we can begin putting our plans into action at the earliest opportunity."
'We look forward to improving the environment'
Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Greenwich, said: "We worked hard to develop a successful bid that will help transform Greenwich Town Centre into a destination truly compatible with its World Heritage Status and we look forward to improving the environment for residents and visitors alike."
About the Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of London most popular visitor destinations, attracting 18.5 million visitors per annum, providing more than 15,000 jobs and generating some £1.2 billion for the local economy.