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Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2020

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has secured over £711,000 of funding from Transport for London (TfL) to invest in a range of projects to make its roads safer and greener.

The funding follows on from £1.266million already awarded to Royal Greenwich, earlier in the year, for emergency measures that were delivered rapidly to support social distancing. 

Individual projects in this round are still to be confirmed by TfL but include a range of measures to make walking and cycling more attractive. These include tackling unacceptable levels of traffic in high priority areas, rolling out more street closures around schools, cycle safety initiatives, new 20mph zones and supporting those at higher risk of road collisions.   

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: 

“This funding from TfL is fantastic news for the Borough, our streets and our health. Data shows that if the journeys made by public transport before the pandemic are made by car instead, traffic in London could increase by 40 to 50 per cent. So, it’s vital we provide safe, car-free alternatives to public transport to avert ‘carmageddon’ and meet our carbon reduction pledges.  

“We expect TfL to confirm the details of our funding in the coming weeks and will start engagement on these schemes as soon as soon as possible after that.” 

Transport schemes 

Scheme 

Location 

Amount  

Tackling unacceptable levels of through-traffic with modal filters 

Westcombe Park and Maze Hill area; Horn Park; and Woolwich (are likely areas subject to engagement and feasibility) 

£161K 

Timed street closures around schools 

Borough-wide 

New 20mph zone 

St Johns Park area 

£75K 

New 20mph zone 

Blanmerie Road area 

£75K 

Updating of existing 20mph zones and Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs)

Borough-wide 

£30K 

Supporting groups at higher risk of collisions

Borough-wide 

£45K 

School travel planning – working with schools to help them encourage active and sustainable travel

Borough-wide 

£55K 

Schemes to reduce bus delays 

Borough-wide 

£20K 

Improvements to pavements to make walking easier for people with disabilities, such as tactile floor surfaces 

Borough-wide 

£40K 

Cycle parking - including parking at schools, stations and town centres, as well as cycle hangers in residential locations 

Borough-wide 

£15K 

Improvements to the proposed Blackheath Gate cycling safety scheme. 

Blackheath Gate 

£70K 

School and adults cycle training 

Borough-wide 

£70K 

Campaigns to make walking and cycling more attractive 

Borough-wide 

£20K 

Initial designs to make local streets safer 

Plumstead Common Road/Sandy Hill Road 

£10K 

Initial designs to make local streets safer 

Blackwall Lane/Dreadnought Street 

£10K 

Encouraging growth of car clubs

Borough-wide 

£5K 

Making the Council’s fleet of vehicles safer and greener 

Borough-wide 

£10K 

Further funding from TfL is also available to allow the Council to start design and consulting on new cycleways.  

The Royal Borough of Greenwich declared a climate emergency in 2019 and agreed to set an ambitious target to reach net zero carbon emissions 20 years ahead of the national target. The Council has now published a draft carbon neutral plan based on what residents think its priorities should be, the evidence base report and what steps are necessary to achieve it. 

Read the draft carbon neutral plan