Funding to help keep London’s streets “clean, safe and accessible”

11.04 | 1 February 2024 | |

Traffic filters by Lea Bridge Road. Image: TfL

London’s boroughs are to be allocated more than £80 million in funding to continue ‘vital work’ making streets healthier and safer for all users.

Through its Local Implementation Plan (LIP), TfL will allocate £80.4 million in funding for London’s boroughs in 2024/25 – an increase of 16% from 2023/24, when boroughs were allocated £69 million. 

The funding will help to deliver a number of new schemes on London’s roads, including:

  • Proposals for more than 150 new and upgraded pedestrian crossings including dedicated pedestrian signals at busy junctions in Barnet, Kensington & Chelsea and Enfield
  • Introduction of 20mph speed limits on roads in Barnet, Brent, Harrow, Redbridge, Waltham Forest Enfield and Richmond
  • Junction and corridor improvement schemes that will make London’s streets safer, better for active travel and more reliable for buses

Following extensive engagement with the boroughs, bus priority schemes will also be funded, including the delivery of new bus lanes across London.

Outer London boroughs will continue to receive a higher proportion of funding compared to inner London boroughs.

TfL says the funding will help deliver a range of improvements in outer London to help encourage more active travel and support last year’s expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone across London.

Seb Dance, deputy mayor for transport, said: “It’s fantastic that London boroughs will receive this funding from TfL to continue the vital work they do to keep London’s streets clean, safe and accessible. 

“It is only by working together, with boroughs at a local level and with central Government that we can keep building a better, safer, greener city for all Londoners.”

TfL and London Councils have also published a new report, which demonstrates how boroughs have used LIP funding over three years (2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22).

The report outlines the vital new infrastructure delivered through the funding, including:

  • Making public transport more accessible and reliable with 89 new accessible bus stops, more than 110 schemes to increase bus priority or accessibility and 7km new or improved bus lanes
  • Making walking and cycling safer through 50km of wider footways, 157km of new or upgraded cycling routes and 74 new pedestrian crossings
  • Access to cycling has also improved through nearly 110,000 new on- and off-street cycle parking spaces and training provided to 50,000 adults and just under 135,000 children
  • Around 500 School Streets have also been introduced, with almost 25 per cent of primary schools now having a School Street

Penny Rees, TfL’s head of healthy streets investment, said: “Working closely with London’s boroughs is central to achieving a cleaner, greener and healthier London by reducing road danger, improving air quality and encouraging active travel. 

“The Local Implementation Plan programme provides vital, localised investment in bus priority, walking and cycling schemes across the city and this investment will deliver huge benefits. 

“It plays a key role in our commitment to provide a green, healthy and sustainable future for all Londoners and we look forward to working closely with the boroughs to deliver projects that make our city greener, safer and better for everyone.”



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