London boroughs win funding to drive EV take-up
Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hackney are to get £766k of funding to help drive EV take-up and tackle air pollution.
The latest ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ projects to win funding follow on from the six projects announced last year, and will be matched with around £875k from the boroughs themselves.
Project include a Low Emission Zone in Hammersmith town centre, building on a proposed zero emission street on Hammersmith Grove. The project will also bring an electric taxi rank; a last-mile courier hub; and communication support (£650k overall funding)
Announced by the Mayor of London, TfL and London Councils, the funding will also facilitate new charging points in Hackney’s market streets, servicing street traders, commercial vehicles and public buildings (£270k overall funding).
And in Camden, a School Low Emission Neighbourhood will restrict local traffic around 23 schools to electric and local access only. In addition, electric vehicle charging points will be deployed in school car parks and points to power up at lamp posts close to home (£720k overall funding).
The London boroughs of Barnet and Redbridge have also confirmed their future involvement in the ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ programme, and will develop projects for funding.
Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: ‘If we are to bring London’s air quality within legal limits it will require us, local authorities and Government to work closely together.
“The Neighbourhoods of the Future are a fantastic example of how partnership working can lead to innovative projects that make a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”