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Twickenham "mini-Holland" scheme on its final lap for funding
Twickenham is still vying to become a “mini-Holland”, with final plans for the cycle-based proposal submitted to Transport for London (TfL).
Richmond Council is bidding for £36m to improve cycling routes and facilities in the borough.
Earlier this year the Mayor of London and TfL announced a pot of £100m to share between up to four outer London boroughs to transform cycling in town centres.
Eight out of 20 London boroughs have made it to the final round of the competition.
In the past few weeks the council has worked with stakeholders, including Richmond Cycling Club and South West Trains, to enhance the proposals.
Richmond Council cabinet member for highways Councillor Chris Harrison said: “Our original bid and this follow up application presents an ambitious proposal for residents and cyclists in this borough.
“We are already investing millions to regenerate Twickenham with work now well under way and cyclists will soon start to benefit from the changes that are being made.
“However, we know that significant improvements still need to be made in the borough to create a cohesive cycle network that will encourage more people to cycle.
“If we are successful in this bid, I know that each element will make a big difference and will complement the other cycle improvements taking place across the borough.”
If approved, the council proposes to improve cycling through Twickenham town centre and a new commuter route on the A316.
It also includes the construction of rail-side cycle routes from Hampton to Twickenham as well as a new route between Kew and Putney to provide an alternative to the A205.
Richmond Cycling Campaign co-ordinator Tim Lennon said: “We’d be delighted if the borough received the mini-Holland money it’s asking for - our area could be a beacon for cycling for all ages and all abilities, whether this is getting to school or going to the shops.
“However, it’s really disappointing to hear about some fabulous sounding plans for Twickenham that will only go through if the mini-Holland money comes in.
“If the council is really committed to cycling in the borough, it can best show it by fixing the Twickenham Action Plan now, rather than waiting a year or more for the new funding.”
The winners, to be announced early next year, will be selected from the boroughs of Richmond, Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Kingston, Merton, Newham and Waltham Forest.
If the bid is successful, further consultation will take place.
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