�5million cash boost for Redbridge’s road and transport network

Redbridge is set to benefit from a cash injection totalling more than �5m to improve public transport, road safety and traffic flow, rejuvenate town centres and improve facilities for cycling and walking.

The borough has been awarded the sixth highest sum of money of all London boroughs from the grant – a �147m Transport for London (TfL) package, of which it has been granted �5.1million to pay for major projects.

Some plans for the money have been unveiled since Thursday’s announcement, with �100,000 going direct to bettering walking and cycling routes and increasing bus stop accessibility, and �221,000 being spent on improving pedestrian routes to the station and town centre in Chadwell Heath.

A total of �549,000 has also been allocated for spending on principal road maintenance.

Projects achieved this year thanks to last year’s local implementation plan grant include improving a South Woodford walking route, which received �1.9million to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

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This also helped reduce crime by up to 50 per cent, according to figures from TfL.

A TfL spokesman said: “Last year in Redbridge the funding financed 68 parking spaces, cycle training for 358 children and 78 adults, 20 improved pedestrian crossings, 27 accessible bus stops, 27 schools to participate in walking events, three new off-street electric vehicle charging points and 140 new street trees.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson added: “London is undergoing a neo-Victorian level of investment in its transport network.

Every London borough is receiving money that will directly benefit communities, making London an even better place to live and work. We’ve also cut bureaucracy to make it easier for the boroughs to decide how they want to spend their funding.”

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