TfL awards funding for street-improvement trials

Four schemes that will transform streets in the capital have been awarded grants as part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Future Streets Incubator Fund.

The fund, which is one element of the Mayor’s £4 billion Road Modernisation Plan, has been created to encourage creative and more effective uses of the capital’s limited road space and help alleviate the pressures on the network.

By funding original on-street projects, it is designed to trigger innovation that will lead to long-term improvements across London, addressing congestion, overcrowding, air quality and noise pollution.

The latest projects to receive TfL funding include an intelligent street to generate energy and improve air quality near Oxford Street, an innovate boardwalk to improve a traffic-dominated rat-run in Southwark, a noise-absorbing system to improve an underpass of the A12 and a novel delivery service to reduce vehicles on the capital’s roads.

Previously-funded projects have included temporary parks and seating through the Ealing Parklet and Team London Bridge’s Fresh Air Squares and Westminster’s e-tag parking.

Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, said: “Given the growing pressures on our road network to move people and goods, and tackle air pollution, we need to be evermore inventive in how we use our limited road space.

“These worthy winners are just a few examples of how we are trailing new approaches that could bring big benefits to roads across the city.”

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