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Mayor’s Air Quality Business Fund

This new £1 million fund was open to businesses and business groups (including Business Improvement Districts) for improvements that will help make their local areas more pleasant for customers and staff to walk and cycle in, as well as helping businesses to reduce their emissions and running costs.

Applications to the fund are now closed. We would like to run this fund again in future, however there are no immediate plans to do this, so no further funding is currently available.

The successful projects were announced on 24 November 2017, and will be delivered by April 2019.

Five ‘Business Low Emissions Neighbourhoods’ across five boroughs were selected from a total of 15 proposals, showing the wide support for improving air quality within London’s business community. The BLENs will include measures such as anti-idling campaigns, zero emission delivery services and cleaner walking routes for staff and customers. They are being delivered by local business groups working in partnership with their local councils, who have supported the development of the proposals.

The BLENs will take place within the following boroughs and the proposals include:

Southwark

Better Bankside and Team London Bridge Business Improvement Districts are working in collaboration to deliver a project around Borough High Street, enhancing and promoting quieter routes as well as reducing emissions on the main roads. Interventions will include:

  • tranquil walking routes using the historic network of Inns and Yards that connect London Bridge Station with Guy’s Hospital and Borough High Street
  • a micro-consolidation scheme which involves having all deliveries sent into one location and distributing with a low or zero emission vehicle to reduce congestion and pollution
  • a green cycle path
  • anti-idling campaigns

Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith Business Improvement District will deliver a project around the Hammersmith Flyover working closely with local organisations such as the Lyric Theatre, who have offered free space for events and workshops. The project will deliver a secure hub for people to store their bikes, and a host of greening and other improvements to the urban realm such as a green wall to help transform some of the grey car-dominated parts of this busy destination.

Islington

The Archway Town Centre Group will deliver a variety of interventions to support local businesses to go green and improve the area for walking and cycling, including:

  • a shared electric vehicle for deliveries
  • a green walking route
  • the removal of parking spaces outside the children’s centre to be replaced by new planting and trees
  • installing lockers for deliveries at the station, to help residents avoid missing deliveries and provide an alternative to getting their online shopping delivered to work, which often results in extra traffic pollution and congestion in central London, as well as a challenging commute home with large parcels

Camden

Euston Business Improvement District will provide an exciting and attractive cleaner walking route from Euston to Regents Park, helping people avoid some of the most polluted roads in London. Other plans include a new rapid electric charging point including greening and other street enhancements.

Westminster

Northbank Business Improvement District is a project around Aldwych and the Strand which will reduce pollution and make this incredibly busy area - home to a host of important destinations and attractions - much more inviting for walking and cycling. As part of the project, consultants will work with all the local businesses and organisations to help them cut unnecessary deliveries. Other interventions include a range of street improvements such as:

  • parks and innovative lighting
  • a project with St Clement Danes School to improve walking routes to school
  • green zones which provide cleaner and more inviting walking and cycling routes
  • an eco-kiosk co-designed with the local community which will provide information about local attractions as well as air quality and other environmental information

Approximately £100,000 of remaining funding will support some elements of a Low Emission Neighbourhood around Homerton Hospital. This will provide walking and cycling routes and facilities for the 1.5m patients and 4,000 staff each year at the hospital. It will also provide electric vehicle charge points which will be used by the hospital and the public.

The Mayor’s Air Quality Business Fund is funded through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) with money awarded from Growth Deal 3.