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Cycling cash promise despite bid rejection
Redbridge has been promised substantial funding to improve facilities for cycling, despite a council bid for cash being rejected.
The borough was not placed on a shortlist of areas in line for a share of money available under the Mayor of London’s Cycling Vision scheme, which aims to create a series of ‘mini-Hollands’ in the capital.
However the authority has now said it has received assurances from City Hall that it will receive substantial funding for improvements to Ilford town centre.
The plans included a redesign of cycle routes and facilities in the area, while a new bridge could be built over the North Circular.
A council spokeswoman said: "Although Redbridge was not chosen as a finalist for the full mini-Holland scheme which would have seen major cycle improvements in Ilford Town Centre, the GLA has indicated that our bid 'had a number of key strengths' and is therefore minded to give us a significant amount of funding.”
"This funding will help address the key problems caused by the A406 North Circular and enable us to develop a local cycle route network and possibly a new footway/cycleway bridge over the A406 North Circular."
The authority says it is in negotiations with Newham Council over the proposed new bridge, which would link Church Road in Newham to Natal Road in Loxford at an estimated cost of £10 million.
Cycle networks would also be reviewed to make access to the bridge easier.
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