The Neighbourhoods of the Future projects include a school low emission zone, electric charging points and a zero emission street
The London boroughs of Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hackney have been granted £766,000 to help accelerate transition to zero emission vehicles and tackle air pollution.
The funding was announced by mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils and will be matched with around £875,000 from the London boroughs involved.
The Neighbourhoods of the Future projects include a new school low emission zone in Camden to protect pupils from toxic air, electric charging points in streets in Hackney’s markets, and a zero-emission street and wider low emission zone near Hammersmith town centre.
Camden, Hackney and Hammersmith & Fulham will receive funding for three new projects, which will build on the six that were awarded last year.
These were a joint bid from Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington (City Fringe), one from Hammersmith & Fulham, a joint bid from Croydon and Sutton, and one each from Harrow, Haringey and Heathrow.
“To get to grips with London’s toxic air health crisis the mayor has significantly increased air quality funding and these new local schemes will help accelerate the switch to cleaner vehicles around town centres, schools and high streets to help dramatically reduce toxic pollution emissions,” said Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of environment & energy.
The winning Neighbourhoods of the Future bids, which will give local communities the infrastructure they need to embrace less polluting forms of transport, are:
“If we are to bring London’s air quality within legal limits it will require us, local authorities and Government to work closely together,” added Alex Williams, director of city planning, TfL.
“The Neighbourhoods of the Future are a fantastic example of how partnership working can lead to innovative projects that make a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”
The London boroughs of Barnet and Redbridge have also confirmed their future involvement in the ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ programme and will be developing projects for funding as part of the city-wide effort to improve its toxic air.
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The city and county councils are beginning a six-week public consultation on the proposals