Good news came for cyclists in Ealing this week when Transport for London (TfL) confirmed it will fund key components of the council’s comprehensive mini-Holland bid.
In a letter addressed to Ealing’s leader, Councillor Julian Bell, London’s cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, and managing director of surface transport for TfL, Leon Daniels, said Ealing would receive ‘substantial funding’ – which could be up to £15million – to deliver several of the objectives set out in the bid submitted to the Mayor of London last September.
In the letter, the TfL officials praised the council for identifying the one-way system in Ealing’s town centre as the borough’s key problem in cycling. It read: “Few routes in the centre of the borough are possible without passing through the town centre, which is currently rather intimidating for cyclists. The borough’s town centre proposal creates the possibility for transformative change and we will work with you to deliver it.”
The letter also mentioned that it was keen to support the implementation of the council’s proposed Uxbridge Road cycle route, as well as a number of quietway routes and the link to the new A40 superhighway.
Councillor Julian Bell said: “This is an immensely positive step towards revolutionising travel in Ealing by making it safer and more appealing for all levels of cyclists. We are doing everything we can to secure as much funding as possible from the Mini-Holland pot to carry out our cycling improvement plans. We will also be looking to identify other funds from TfL and from sources such as s106 to deliver the entire Mini-Holland bid.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “It is essential that we continue to improve the conditions for cyclists in Ealing, especially as it will encourage more people to take to two wheels. The council will enter into detailed discussions with TfL in the next few weeks to negotiate the funding needed to improve cycling in Ealing.”
The letter from TfL also applauded Ealing’s strong track record of delivery, as well as the exceptional personal commitment shown by councillors and officers.
Last month, Ealing was named along with Kingston, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Bexley, Merton, Richmond and Newham as the recipients of the £100million Mini-Holland funding pot. Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest are to receive up to £30million each to implement their full cycling plans. The exact amount of funding Ealing will receive is still to be confirmed.