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Friday, 15 May 2020

Kingston Council has confirmed that the completion of the Go Cycle scheme could be in doubt because of Coronavirus

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson awarded the borough £30 million in 2014 when he was Mayor of London to create a “mini Holland.”

But Kingston says the funding is coming entirely from Transport for London, which has been adversely affected by the pandemic.

The Council also requires external funding to complete the projects currently under construction.

The issue surfaced in a newsletter from Lib Dem Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney, who warned residents;

Kingston is in the middle of an extensive cycling infrastructure project right now. The Go Cycle programme is a £32M transformation that will "upgrade Kingston’s major highway routes to accommodate the latest cycling infrastructure, while improving the flow of road users, cyclists, and pedestrians, and enhancing the environments through which they travel." Completion of this project depends on continued funding post-Covid.

A spokesman says the authority is monitoring the situation very closely.

In the event that works need to be paused due to lack of funding, the Council will ensure that all work sites will be made safe and secure.

Kingston Council says "TfL allocated the £32m funding to the Council for the Go Cycle programme in 2014. Since then, TfL have transferred a portion of this overall funding to the Council on an annual basis.

However, the Council has yet to receive confirmation or receipt of the funding for the 2020/21 year. The Council are awaiting confirmation from TfL regarding how much of the funding they will be transferring for this year."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

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