MQT on 2011-01-26
Session date: 
January 26, 2011
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Last month, in response to my question 4070/2010 about off-road or traffic-free routes for cyclists, you brought up TfL's 'ongoing programme to deliver 'Greenways' in London' stating that 'Greenways provide attractive and traffic free environments for cyclists that make the most of London's parks and open spaces.' You pointed out that 'Greenways will play an important role for spectators accessing the Olympic venues during the 2012 games with eight legacy Greenways funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority and delivered by boroughs and TfL, linking into the Olympic Park and River Zone venues.' So would you now be willing to explain why the budget for greenways has been reduced and has become an unprotected spend area within each Borough's LIP rather than a central investment in infrastructure for the benefit of all Londoners who choose to walk and cycle?


Answer for Greenways

Answer for Greenways

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The eight Olympic cycling and walking routes you refer to are fully funded and will be completed this summer.

In 2009 London Councils and I signed the City Charter, a central tenet of which was to give the boroughs greater flexibility over how to spend local transport funding and to allow them to make spending decisions in line with local priorities. Consequently, TfL has significantly simplified the number of funding streams to the London boroughs and any 'ring-fencing' of funding for borough Greenways schemes would be contrary to this objective. It is now down to the discretion of local decision makers to decide what level of funding should be invested in Greenways within their borough. TfL will continue to fund Greenway improvements that sit outside of boroughs' jurisdictions.