Mayor to fund £1m ‘garden junction’ underneath A406 flyover in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 15:20 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:20 19 July 2016
A project to create a green gateway between Redbridge and Newham will go ahead after £1million funding was secured.
The Ilford Garden Junction scheme will be funded by the GLA Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and will see a series of improvements at the junction of the North Circular Road and Romford Road.
The initiative will create a green gateway for walking and cycling opportunities into both boroughs that removes barriers and enables regeneration opportunities in Loxford and Little Ilford.
It involves extensive landscaping on unused land under the junction and feature lighting on the main highway structure to create a high quality public space.
The transformed junction will provide a safe and accessible route to Ilford Town Centre, the upgraded Crossrail station, bus services and the nearby high quality green open space alongside the River Roding for residents and businesses.
Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability Cllr John Howard said: “I’m delighted that both boroughs have been successful in this joint funding bid and I look forward to enjoying the physical and environmental benefits that this project will bring.
“This area suffers from high levels of airborne pollution from heavy traffic and this project aims to help alleviate that through the use of plants that absorb pollutants.”
The project will be delivered over the next three years with the first phase of works including upgrades to footways and crossing points, carriageway surfacing and lane reduction, lighting upgrades, artwork and improvement to an existing bus stop.
Other phases to the project will see a segregated two-way cycle route through the junction, improved connections to the Roding Valley Way cycleway and regeneration opportunities for the area.
The funding was announced at a special air quality event at City Hall on Tuesday.
The event included a musical performance from students of Winston Way Primary School, Ilford.
A new green wall, also funded by the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund, was installed at the school in December 2014.
Green walls are free standing structures or parts of a building covered with vegetation, which absorb harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions and trap fine particles of dust.
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