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Exhibition Road scheme in line for £10 million

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Dixon Jones’s radical public space scheme is likely to go ahead after Boris Johnson proposes £10 million in funding

A radical public space project on London’s Exhibition Road moved a step closer this week when London Mayor Boris Johnson said that he wanted to inject £10 million into the project to ensure that it is complete in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Under the project designed by Dixon Jones, much of the street furniture such as railings, traffic lights and kerbs will be replaced by one unified paving.

The proposed cash injection from the mayor’s transport arm Transport for London, will enable work to start on the scheme with a view to completion by the end of 2011. TfL has already committed £3.3 million to the project.

Johnson said: 'This funding not only allows much-needed improvements to get underway, but also helps to support the exciting new approach being taken that will make the idea of shared space a key principle in transforming the street into a space that all Londoners and visitors can access and enjoy.'

Councillor Merrick Cockell, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: 'Works around South Kensington tube station have already started and by getting rid of the 1960s gyratory we will radically improve the local environment for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. The mayor’s latest contribution will turn the wider scheme, designed by the architects Dixon Jones, from an aspiration into a real possibility.'

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