London Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged £2.7m for transport improvements in Richmond.

The borough is expected to see £50,000 spent on shared routes and making parts of the Thames towpath suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists, and £240,000 to improve traffic flow and road safety on Sixth Cross Road and Staines Road.

Transport for London (TfL) will also use £90,000 to complete Richmond’s cycle network by creating lanes and off-road paths.

The mayor said the annual local implementation plan funding, which supports his transport strategy, will mean most of Richmond’s proposed schemes for next year will go ahead.

However, his grants are expected to get smaller over the next three years following the Government’s comprehensive spending review.

He said: “This funding will allow the boroughs to make real improvements to town centres, provide better cycling facilities and make roads safer across the capital.

“I’m especially pleased we have been able to cut the red tape that used to surround these schemes and give the boroughs more freedom to choose how they want to spend money to improve their local communities.”

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