Transport for London (TfL) has announced funding for four ‘transformative’ street-improvement trials.
The schemes have been awarded grants totalling £550,000 as part of TfL’s Future Streets Incubator Fund, which it established 2014 and is part of mayor Boris Johnson’s £4bn Road Modernisation Plan.
TfL said the fund has been created to encourage creative and more effective uses of London’s limited road space and help alleviate the pressures on the network.
The successful bids include: ‘an intelligent street to generate energy and improve air quality near Oxford Street, an innovate boardwalk to improve a traffic-dominated rat-run in Southwark, a noise-absorbing system to improve an underpass of the A12 and a novel delivery service to reduce vehicles on the Capital’s roads.’
Oxford Street, near to which a transformative trial will take place
Schemes are delivered in partnership between the successful bidders and TfL, which said the trials have the potential to be expanded across London.
It will now work with the winners to deliver the latest round of projects later this year.
TfL’s Deputy mayor for transport, Isabel Dedring, said: ‘Given the growing pressures on our road network to move people and goods, and tackle air pollution, we need to be evermore inventive in how we use our limited road space. ‘These worthy winners are just a few examples of how we are trailing new approaches that could bring big benefits to roads across the city.’
Richard De Cani, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: ‘The fabulously creative and innovative ideas we are funding as part of the Incubator Fund capture the spirit of turning London’s streets into places for all to enjoy and work to deliver the vision of the Mayor’s Roads Task Force. By trialling new ideas we are able to look to the future at how we can make our roads and public spaces work better for everyone.’