Cash bonus to help Ealing create its cycling 'mini-Holland'

This Is Local London: Cycle enthusiasts: council leader Julian Bell, right, and cabinet colleague Bassam Mahfouz Cycle enthusiasts: council leader Julian Bell, right, and cabinet colleague Bassam Mahfouz

EALING was named as one of eight boroughs to receive funding from Transport for London as part of the Mayor’s Mini-Holland initiative.

The borough’s cycling plans were described as‘exceptional, with TfL pledging a share of the £100m funding pot to help implement them.

The exact amount of funding Ealing will receive is still to be confirmed.

Councl leader Julian Bell said; “This is great news for cyclists in Ealing. After speaking with cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, I am confident we will get the TfL funding needed to deliver a sizeable proportion of our Mini-Holland bid.

“This will enable us to carry out the improvements in Ealing town centre and along the Uxbridge Road. But our plan is to deliver the whole scheme, so we will also be looking to identify other.”

It is the council’s aim to transform Ealing into a friendlier and safer place for people to travel by bike.

Ealing was named along with Kingston, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Bexley, Merton, Richmond and Newham as the recipients of the £100m funding pot.

Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest are to receive up to £30m each to implement their full cycling plans.

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