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Khan puts foot to the pedal on cycling budget

Words: Huw Morris
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to spend £770 million on infrastructure and initiatives to promote cycling in the next five years.

The investment, part of the Transport for London (TfL) draft business plan, sees £154 million a year spent on cycling. This means 5.5 per cent of TfL’s budget will now be spent on cycling – up from 2.4 per cent or £79 million a year during the last mayoral term.

This new cycling budget, which aims to achieve the target of 1.5 million cycle journeys a day by 2025/26, includes the completion of phase two of the North-South cycle superhighway from Farringdon to Kings Cross, which will begin construction next year.

It also includes the extension of the East-West cycle superhighway from Lancaster Gate and work to deliver a similar scheme from Swiss Cottage to the West End, which Khan has endorsed.

The business plan also confirms funding for two new cycle superhighways, with consultations next year on schemes from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and between Olympia towards Hounslow.