By Sue Walder
This first appeared in our January 2010 issue.
Last month Transport for London (TfL) confirmed funding for all local London boroughs including £5.3 million for Barnet together with greater freedom over local transport spending for 2010/11.
Funding for local schemes is allocated each year by TfL on the basis of detailed plans submitted by each borough.
A spokesman from Barnet Council said there are a number of proposals for improvement works in Finchley as a result of the funding package but work is still in progress to finalise these plans.
“There has already been some work to enhance the A1000 corridor, and the 2010/11 spending plans look to complete and extend these improvements, ” said Corporate Communications Officer Jonathan Schroder.
“There are plans to improve the approaches (pavements and other highways elements) to West Finchley, East Finchley and Finchley Central stations, as well as a number of other stations in the borough, and work is now under way to prioritise what can be done in 2010/11 with the funding available. To complete all the proposed works Barnet will need a similar level of funding for the next three years, but the council is aiming to carry out work which will deal with the most pressing issues surrounding these stations in the early part of the programme.
A clear plan of work will be developed for the beginning of the 2010/11 financial year.”
Barnet’s funding package also includes £764,000 for essential road maintenance and £175,000 to promote ‘smarter travel’ to schools, with initiatives such as ‘Walking on Wednesdays’ and ‘Walk to School Week’.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “Barnet has identified a range of small- and large-scale projects that will make a real difference to local people by improving town centres and public spaces, reducing the number of collisions on our roads, improving the environment and promoting greener forms of travel.
“Barnet also has the flexibility to move certain funding between projects if, during the course of the year, they find more or less funding is needed for individual schemes.