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Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’s are now into there 2nd year where councils can bid for funding to make improvements for walking and cycling in local areas. Last year the council successfully bid for Liveable Neighbourhood money to make improvements to the Coppermill area
This year the council are putting in a joint bid with Newham Council for the Leytonstone, Leyton, North Stratford and Forest Gate area. This is the first joint bid that has been submitted for a Liveable Neighbourhood.
We think that this is a great idea. If the scheme goes ahead we will have joined up routes between 2 boroughs that will mean that it is much easier to walk and cycle in the south of the borough and beyond and help to link Leyton and Leytonstone to the new safer cycling infrastructure being built in Stratford and to Cycle Superhighway 2. Also we will have an area wide solution to calm traffic in many residential streets around the area which will make the proposed scheme for more effective.
This collaborative approach is also starting to solve some of the problems of previous cycling infrastructure schemes where boroughs have not linked schemes together which has caused disjoined infrastructure across London. In the last few years we have seen more attempts to link up infrastructure some successful and some less so, in particular the cycle superhighways and the quietways. After all, very few people just cycle in one borough.
The two councils are asking for comments about the area and what should be put into the bid. The consultation is open for comments until the 31st of December and can be found at:
Please do have a look and leave a comment.