Wimbledon misses out on £30m 'mini-Holland' fund from Mayor of London for cycling revolution

Councillor Andrew Judge delivering the bid to City Hall

Councillor Andrew Judge delivering the bid to City Hall

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Merton has failed to win a major share of the Mayor of London’s £100m ‘Mini Holland’ fund, but the town centre is still set to become a “cycle hub.”

Wimbledon town centre will be “redesigned on Dutch principles” to make it more cycle friendly, with a so-called cycle hub based at Centre Court shopping centre, according to the General London Authority (GLA).

Merton Council had submitted a bid for £32m of Boris Johnson’s £100m fund but an announcement today from the Mayor’s office said Merton was not successful.

But the area will receive support to revolutionise the town centre.

Merton was described as having an exceptional proposal, and Transport for London has pledged to work with the borough to take forward substantial parts of the bid to improve cycle routes and facilities.

It has not been made clear how much money the borough will receive.

Richard Tracey, GLA assembly member for Merton and Wandsworth, said: “It is a pity that Merton did not win a top prize, but the Mayor is giving some money to the runners up to allow innovative cycling route changes."

The Mayor said: “I have been incredibly impressed with the standard of the Mini Holland entries and by the thirst among all the finalists to transform themselves into better places for people.

"It has been so hard to choose between them that I have decided that all shall have prizes.

“Areas once terra incognita for the bicycle will, over time, become every bit as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents - places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy.”

Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest all received the full £30m each.

Bexley, Ealing, Merton and Richmond were hailed as having exceptional proposals.


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1:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

alroutemaster says...

I live in Merton, and most people cycle on the pavements, ignore red lights and endanger pedestrians so I'm glad they got no money for these Lycra louts.
I live in Merton, and most people cycle on the pavements, ignore red lights and endanger pedestrians so I'm glad they got no money for these Lycra louts. alroutemaster
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9:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

alphabeti says...

This morning I was riding along Fulham Road when a light changed and I stopped only to be passed by an Addison Lee cab which drove through the red signal. I must say I was completely gobsmacked to see such wreckless and illegal behaviour from a professional driver, one who has passed a test of competency test and is permitted to drive on our roads through the possession of a licence. Luckily this is a very rare and isolated incident.
This morning I was riding along Fulham Road when a light changed and I stopped only to be passed by an Addison Lee cab which drove through the red signal. I must say I was completely gobsmacked to see such wreckless and illegal behaviour from a professional driver, one who has passed a test of competency test and is permitted to drive on our roads through the possession of a licence. Luckily this is a very rare and isolated incident. alphabeti
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

tjames says...

more of my taxes being wasted
more of my taxes being wasted tjames
  • Score: -1

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