£14 million boost to sustainable transport in Haringey
Millions of pounds will be invested into transport improvements in Haringey over the next year, following the agreement of an ambitious and wide-ranging strategy on sustainable travel.
The Sustainable Transport Works Plan 2019-20 (STWP), formally adopted this week by Cabinet, will ensure that more than £14.4million is spent on making transport more accessible, improving our highways, making our streets safer and encouraging sustainable alternatives to private car use.
It will support the Borough Plan 2019 – 2023, which has already committed the council to boosting transport links in Haringey – particularly for cyclists and pedestrians – reducing road congestion and improving air quality in the borough.
£4.3million will be spent on the maintenance of Haringey’s road network, as well as making the improvements necessary to make our roads more safe and friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
£2million will go directly into the promotion of sustainable methods of transport around the borough, with more funding for projects and schools encouraging cycling from a young age, and grants to community organisations helping those who currently rely on car use, to walk and cycle more.
The council’s Borough Plan commitment to making Haringey safer will be supported by £1.3million invested in street lighting upgrades – including the expansion of LED lighting – with a view to reducing road accidents, discouraging crime and reducing the fear of crime.
Other measures agreed in the plan include the delivery of a series of major structures projects and the progression of the Liveable Neighbourhoods project in Crouch End, which challenges the dominance of cars in the area and seeks to improve options for cyclists and pedestrians.
Cllr Seema Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
I am delighted that we have committed to an ambitious transport strategy which will back our plans for more sustainable local travel with significant investment. We have a genuine commitment to making walking and cycling easier and more attractive in Haringey and making it more accessible to our residents.
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability, said:
This plan demonstrates our commitment to addressing the climate emergency in Haringey by making the borough a beacon of sustainable transport and reducing reliability on private car use.