Redbridge is set to benefit from a new grant from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to help transform the borough, making it more pedestrian and cycle friendly. The plans include brand new bridges, a cycle path and new walkways, improving access to local parks.
Transport for London (TfL) announced on the 5th March that Redbridge is among 11 boroughs to win a portion of £50m in funding available through its Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.
The scheme includes plans to build bridges along the River Roding valley and Aldersbrook, forging better connections between Wanstead and Ilford on bike and foot.
The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented, “This is great news for Redbridge. These funds will help transform our area, opening up routes for pedestrians and cyclists and reducing reliance on cars.
We pledged at the last election to make Redbridge greener and cleaner and projects like this will help with both of these promises, cutting down on damaging air pollution and making our beautiful parks more accessible.”
The scheme builds upon existing plans to create a ‘Garden Junction’ where the North Circular meets Romford Road. These existing plans include upgrades to pavements and pedestrian crossings, road resurfacing, lighting upgrades, improvements to bus stops and new community artwork at the junction.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commented, “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic…Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”
The project aims to improve access to the green spaces around the River Roding which has been limited due to it being bisected by the A406 North Circular Road at various points.
Cllr John Howard, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said: “This is a transformational project that will dramatically change the gateway of the borough and turn the A406 flyover into a green welcome to Ilford.
“The project includes improved walking and cycling access and opens up more sustainable travel to and from Stratford. The project will enable us to tackle air pollution in one of our hotspots and the surrounding neighbourhood.
“I am immensely pleased that the Mayor has supported our scheme to transform Ilford into a cleaner, greener neighbourhood and a safer place for people to cycle and walk.”