Creating healthy streets across the capital

£50m fund to create healthy streets across the capital

Londoners could soon be living on ‘healthy streets’ thanks to a £50 million investment programme designed to improve the capital’s neighbourhoods.

The landmark investment is called the ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ programme and is designed to improve air quality in the capital making it a safer, greener and healthier place to live.

The joint initiative by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) wants to cut car use in the capital – particularly in residential streets – by introducing new cycle infrastructure.

In a bid to reduce air pollution, improvements will be made at busy junctions, and traffic levels will be reduced, making it safer for Londoners to hop on their bike or take more journeys on foot.

The capital has come a long way since 1952 when it experienced the infamous London smog, which killed around 4,000 people and led to the Clean Air Act of 1956, but poor air quality – and the detrimental effect it has on health – remains a problem.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme is part of the mayor’s record £2.3bn overall investment into making London a safer and healthier place to live. This latest investment brings the total number of boroughs to receive financial support from the scheme to 18, including parts of Southwark and neighbouring Lambeth.

The new Elephant Park development in Elephant and Castle has already paved the way for cyclists in south London by incorporating easy-to-navigate cycle routes into the area’s regeneration programme.

Liveable Neighbourhoods also wants to create more green space in London by introducing new pocket parks, as well as regenerating existing public areas.

In the year that London is hoping to be confirmed as the world’s first National Park City, the health benefits of being close to green and open spaces – particularly in urban areas – is hitting the headlines.

The largest new green space in central London for 70 years can be found at Elephant Park. Stretching across two acres, the park forms the green heart of the development with mood-boosting green spaces and air-cleansing trees in abundance.

By 2041, the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme aims to have increased the number of people walking, cycling and taking public transport in the capital from 63 per cent to an ambitious 80 per cent, making London a healthier – and happier – place to be.