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Boris shortlists London boroughs up for ‘mini-Holland’ funding

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The eight outer London boroughs in the running to receive £100 million to improve cycle infrastructure have been announced

The funding, dubbed ‘mini-Holland’, will be used to make areas ‘as cycle-friendly and their Dutch equivalents’.

Plans include scrapping gyratories, remodelling suburbs for bikes, and reconnecting neighbourhoods disconnected by busy main roads.

The shortlisted boroughs include:

  • Bexley
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Kingston
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Richmond
  • Waltham Forest

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘It’s fantastic that so many boroughs have embraced the idea of going Dutch. We’ve seen some really creative ideas – from a floating bicycle boardwalk to cycling super hubs – and they’ve all got huge potential to revolutionise how we get around on two wheels.’

Transport for London and the Mayor’s cycling commissioner for London, Andrew Gilligan, will now work the shortlisted boroughs to draw up more detailed final submissions. The plans will then be assessed for their deliverability and the benefits they add for cycling.

Andrew Gilligan commented: ‘Councils across outer London have stepped up to the plate and we are thrilled with how many want to redesign their town centres around cycling. There is enough money available to deliver dramatic change in the chosen boroughs, and make them places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy.’

The three or four winning boroughs, receiving a share of the £100 million funding, will be announced next year.

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