East End’s transport budget cut

TOWER Hamlets will have less money to spend on road safety awareness and cycling facilities as its transport grant is set to be cut next year.

The borough will receive �3.4million from Transport for London (TfL) in 2011/2012, down from the �3.7million it got this year.

As the government’s austerity measures set in, TfL’s funding for local authorities will be reduced over the next four years by about 15 per cent.

The money is part of the Local implementation Plan, fronted by London mayor Boris Johnson.

It goes on improvements to town centres, new cycling facilities and traffic calming measures.

It is also likely the borough will get less in 2012 and 2013.

Mr Johnson said despite the cuts – which have been imposed by central government – cash for programmes like road maintenance, bridge strengthening and major schemes has been safeguarded.

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But the Green party says projects like cycling in Outer London and some road safety measures will not go ahead.

Jenny Jones, London Assembly member for the Greens, said: “London has benefited from a dramatic fall in road casualties due to ten years of increased investment in measures such as 20mph zones which we know work. This record of success is now under threat.”

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