London’s road network to be improved with £4bn investment

Modern double-decker bus in London

A total of 50 projects are now underway as part of a £4bn investment to transform London’s roads and streets, which will be funded by the Transport for London (TfL) Business Plan and third party contributions, TfL  announced on Tuesday.

The plans to transform the city’s road network have been confirmed as a result of recommendations made by the Mayor’s Roads Task Force, which includes members from: The Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Living Streets, IBM, Sustrans, University College London (UCL), London First, London TravelWatch, London Councils, Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK), the Independent Disability Advisory Group, British Land, the RAC Foundation, City of London, and Cyclists in the City.

As part of the Mayor’s new cycling programme, 33 of London’s biggest and worse road junctions will be overhauled, while over £200m will be spent on work to reduce congestion and delays, improvements to address road safety and upgrades at Croydon Fiveways;  Balham High Road; Brent Cross; Charlie Brown’s Roundabout; Euston Road; Lombard Roundabout; London Road Roundabout; Malden Rushett; Mill Hill Circus; Purley Cross Gyratory; Barking Riverside; Seven Sisters Road; Stoke Newington Gyratory; Thornton Heath Ponds; Trinity Road; Tulse Hill Gyratory and Victoria Circus.

The redevelopment of the northern roundabout at Elephant and Castle, one of London’s biggest regeneration projects that will create 5,000 new homes and 4,000 jobs, is just one of the improvement schemes to benefit from the funding and is expected to greatly improve facilities for road users and local residents. Also, dedicated cycling facilities are to be created, following a public consultation starting later this month, with work commencing early in 2015.

Improved interchange facilities at Waterloo station will be created with the redevelopment of the IMAX roundabout at Waterloo, along with better cycling facilities.

Also, the completion of a major project to transform Euston Circus, one of London’s biggest and busiest road junctions, was announced by TfL, Camden Council and the developer, British Land.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, commented: “Smarter design of our roads and public spaces, exemplified by our radical plans for Elephant & Castle, will play a key role in ensuring that London remains the best big city to live, work and invest.”

Managing director of Surface Transport for TfL, Leon Daniels, stated: “The Roads Task Force was set up to deliver world-class streets and roads fit for the future to support London’s population which is set to grow to 10 million people by 2031.”

Councillor Catherine West, chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, added: “These schemes, developed in partnership with boroughs, developers, businesses, and Transport for London through the Mayor’s Roads Task Force, should offer real benefits for local communities and road users. They will better address the needs of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and have a positive impact on the quality of life for residents.”

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