Borough shortlisted for 'mini-Holland' cash

By Jim Dunton - Wed 4 September 2013, 2:32 pm

Enfield Council's plans to introduce a range of new Dutch-style cycle-friendly features on borough roads have taken a significant step forward.

The borough has been shortlisted to receive a slice of a £100 million funding pot from London Mayor Boris Johnson aimed at boosting cycling levels and cutting down on car journeys by providing better routes.

Enfield’s bid for the “mini-Holland” cash includes introducing a Dutch-style roundabout - with protected cycle lanes - in Edmonton Green, segregated routes along main roads, and a "Cycle Superhub" in Enfield town centre.

The scheme will now be given further scrutiny by Transport for London and cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan, with a decision on whether it will be one of the three or four projects to receive a share of the cash expected early next year.

Johnson said it was “fantastic” that 18 of the 20 outer-London boroughs had submitted bids in the first round of the scheme.

“We've seen some really creative ideas – from a floating bicycle boardwalk to cycling superhubs – and they’ve all got huge potential to revolutionise how we get around on two wheels,” he said.

The mini-Holland programme aims to get more suburban residents to leave their cars at home and switch to bikes for shorter journeys, and recognises that most of the recent boost in cycling activity in the capital has been focused on central London.

Boroughs were invited to submit proposals for town-centre redesigns, cycle-friendly crossings, new local cycle routes, railway-station cycle “superhubs”, and at least one good commuter route into central London for cyclists.

In addition to Enfield, the other shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Merton, Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.