Breaking down barriers stopping people buying ultra low emission vehicles and adopting a greener lifestyle
The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have announced £1.4m funding for six innovative ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, that will combine innovative, green technology and other initiatives to tackle London’s air quality emergency directly at a local level.
This figure will be matched by £1.1m from the London boroughs involved and Heathrow airport.
The ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ will help to break down the barriers preventing people from buying Ultra-Low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and ease the transition for communities wanting to move to greener lifestyles.
Schemes include a zero emission zone, ‘electric streets’ that have a high concentration of electric vehicle charge points, and the trial of game-changing technology like ultra-low emission HGV.
Following bids from the local areas involved, the six ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ are:
Hammersmith & Fulham – A zero emission zone is proposed for Hammersmith town centre, including standard and rapid charge points for electric vehicles, as well as improvements to public space and other innovations such as sustainable urban drainage. (£210,000 overall funding)
Heathrow – A trial of one of the UK’s first hydrogen-diesel powered vans will take place at Heathrow airport’s delivery consolidation centre, supporting the reduction of emissions from its day-to-day operations. (£130,000 overall funding)
City Fringe (Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets) – ‘Electric streets’ will be created with a concentration of charging points and electric vehicle-only parking and loading points. (£1,198,000 overall funding)
Harrow – Mechanics will be specially trained to service Ultra-Low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points will be installed in Harrow town centre, and local businesses will trial the use of EV fleets. (£230,000 overall funding)
Haringey – Clean energy charging schemes will be trialed, including a rapid charging taxi rank, in addition to specialist business and community engagement to drive awareness of green technology and encourage behaviour change. (£609,000 overall funding)
Croydon & Sutton – Electric vans and trucks will be loaned to businesses in the Beddington Industrial Area, to reduce pollution caused by the high levels of construction in Croydon town centre. (£123,306 overall funding)
Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor for environment and energy said, “Tackling London’s poor air quality is a public health emergency that requires bold action at all levels of government. These six innovative schemes will play a direct role cleaning the up toxic air in neighbourhoods across London, and could lead the way for similar schemes across the UK.
“It’s only by working closely with councils, businesses and local communities across London that we can fulfil our ambition of being a world leader in tackling the air pollution crisis.”
Ben Plowden, TfL’s director of Surface Strategy and Planning, said, “The excellent bids we received from the boroughs are full of creativity and demonstrate London is beating a path towards a cleaner future that others will follow. These Neighbourhoods of the Future will act as a springboard for these areas to rise to the huge challenge of cleaning up the Capital’s toxic air.”
Transport minister John Hayes said, “We are determined to drive the take-up of low emission vehicles to improve London air quality and boost quality of life.
“We are investing nearly £600m in this Parliament to encourage people to switch to greener vehicles, including £13 million to encourage Londoners to go electric. The ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ scheme will further help cut harmful emissions in the capital.”
The aim of the ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ schemes are to give Londoners the confidence to make the switch to more environmentally friendly vehicles, to work with businesses to bring new technology to market faster, and to test technology that reduces pollution and could be used elsewhere in the Capital and across the UK.
The ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ are being introduced at a range of sites that are representative of similar sites elsewhere London and nationally, such as town centres, out-of-town industrial zones, international transport hubs and regeneration schemes.
This scheme forms a part of the London’s £13 million Go Ultra Low Cities scheme, the Government-funded drive to encourage the switch to electric cars and vans.
This announcement follows the Mayor’s pledge to invest £875m in action to improve the quality of the Capital’s air through to 2021/22, more than double the £425m committed by the previous mayor.
The majority of this funding will be ploughed into extending the world’s first ultra low emission zone, greening the Capital’s bus fleet, and introducing an emissions surcharge, popularly known as the T-Charge.
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