James welcomes £508,000 to create new era for cycling and walking in Bexley

James Brokenshire has welcomed the announcement that communities in Bexley will benefit from £508,000 to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Bexley has been allocated its share of the £250 million announced earlier this month to fast-track plans for new walking and cycling lanes. This includes £25 million which will fund vouchers for cycle repairs, to encourage people to get their old bikes out and resume cycling.

Following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling across the borough during the pandemic, these plans will help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

Bexley Council are concentrating on joining up Bexley cycle ways with Greenwich to serve as a connection for commuters cycling into London. Other measures to boost greener, active transport could include:

·Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling;

·Wider pavements;

·Safer junctions;

·Cycle and bus-only corridors

Commenting, James said:

 “People across Old Bexley and Sidcup have played their part in helping to defeat coronavirus–with many avoiding taking public transport. Social distancing means public transport’s capacity is severely restricted at this time, with space for as few as 1 in 10 of the usual number passengers on the railway, including on Southeastern trains.”

“These new walking and cycle lanes will help to ensure we can control the virus by avoiding overcrowding on public transport, while keeping our roads free from becoming too congested. This funding will not only help to control the spread of coronavirus–but will also ensure our local areas are greener in the years to come.”