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Borough bids for £50m 'bike revolution' budget

by Jim Dunton Wed 17 July 2013, 3:16 pm

Hounslow has lodged a bid for up to £50 million in funding for a huge package of cycle-friendly improvements.

If it is selected as one of four “mini-Holland” outer-London boroughs, where Dutch-style facilities will be introduced, Hounslow has pledged to re-design its town centre to make it more cycle-friendly and to “fully realise” a cycling super-highway through the borough, linking Hyde Park Corner with Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth and on to Heathrow Airport.

The scheme would also feature the remodelling of problem junctions and bridges to make them more cycle-friendly, as well as the creation of a network of secure-parking bicycle “super-hubs” at tube stations  and other locations to allow owners to leave their machines in safety.

Deputy council leader Colin Ellar said Hounslow’s selection for London Mayor Boris Johnson's scheme would “revolutionise cycling” in the borough.

“Hounslow is already a cycling borough with more journeys made by bike than most other boroughs in London,” he said.

“Although the competition out there is tough, if we get the green light from the mayor, we can go from red to Dutch orange!”

When he launched the search for “mini-Holland” outer London boroughs, Johnson stressed that even boroughs who were unsuccessful with their bids may be able to secure funding for their schemes through other streams.

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