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Promise of improvements for walkers and cyclists in Crouch End after TfL funding boost

PUBLISHED: 16:06 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 01 December 2017

Crouch End town centre could be transformed under draft plans to improve conditions for walkers and cyclists following an announcement by Transport for London Haringey was one of seven boroughs to scoop a share of funds. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Crouch End town centre could be transformed under draft plans to improve conditions for walkers and cyclists following an announcement by Transport for London Haringey was one of seven boroughs to scoop a share of funds. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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Plans to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in Crouch End have stepped up a gear following a funding boost from Transport for London.

Crouch End is one of seven areas to win support following Haringey Council’s bid for funding from TfL’s ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ programme.

Haringey wants to encourage cycling and walking, tackling congestion and improving air quality into the bargain.

Early proposals the council plans to consult on look to create a new square incorporating the clock tower, currently surrounded by traffic on all sides.

Further ideas include cycle routes leading to the town centre, improved pedestrian crossings and traffic reductions on streets with new filters.

Cllr Peray Ahmet, Haringey’s environment chief, said: “We are thrilled TfL is supporting our proposals to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in Crouch End.

“The proposals are at an early stage, and we are looking forward to working with the community to put ideas into action as they evolve over the next four years.”

TfL is splitting £1.25million between seven boroughs – Haringey, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest – to help develop the plans further. Ultimately a share of a £114m pot of funds is up for grabs.

The ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ programme is the first scheme set up under the Mayor of London’s plans to create healthier streets.

The aim of his ‘Healthy Streets’ scheme is to reduce traffic and boost businesses by making town centres more appealing.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As London’s population grows, I’ve outlined my ambition to improve public spaces across London.

“I’m delighted we’re now progressing with the local funding that will transform the environment in many communities,” he added.

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