A huge cash boost of £8.6 million could be granted to Ealing to help the council improve local landscapes and create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

On Thursday (November 30), Sadiq Khan and TfL announced the first round of winners of a new multi-million pound funding programme to help improve environments across London.

The £114 million Liveable Neighbourhood scheme will “transform” boroughs by making them greener, and also aims to “directly enable walking, cycling and the use of public transport”.

Ealing is one of seven boroughs to make a successful initial bid for funding and all seven councils must now develop their proposals further to secure their share of the £114 million funding.

Proposals to improve local environments will involve changes to town centres and their surrounding residential areas to directly improve conditions for walking and cycling.

This will lead to a "reduction in traffic dominance” in the chosen boroughs and include more support for local businesses by making town centres more attractive.

The project put forward by Ealing council , which has secured initial funding, is in West Ealing and envisions “comprehensive improvements” along the Broadway and parallel quieter routes.

It also will include “reduced rat-running in the adjoining residential areas, parking controls and new walking and cycling routes, including links to the new Elizabeth line station”.

Ealing Council has secured initial funding to improve road safety in West Ealing

Six weeks before funding was secured, a former Metropolitan Police officer died after suffering serious injuries while cycling in Uxbridge Road, West Ealing.

After she died following the collision between her bicycle and a lorry, campaigners called on the council and TfL to improve road safety.

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Speaking after the funding was announced, the Mayor of London said: “As London's population grows, I've outlined my ambition to increase walking and cycling and improve public spaces across the capital.

“I'm delighted that we're now progressing with local funding that will transform the environment in many local communities.

“Our new Liveable Neighbourhood scheme will see millions of pounds invested in schemes that will directly make walking and cycling a safe, enjoyable and convenient option for many more Londoners.

“We will continue to work closely with boroughs as they develop their plans to improve the environment and transform the quality of life of Londoners.”

At this stage £1.25 million is being split between the boroughs as the scheme goes through the design process, to help the councils further develop their proposals.

However, a spokesman for Transport for London said that the potential funding total for Ealing, including non-Liveable Neighbourhood sources, is £8.6 million.

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London's transport commissioner Mike Brown MVO added: “Local communities are at the centre of our plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport.

“Many of London's streets were designed to give cars priority but, by working with London's boroughs, we can help redesign them to put people first – making them better, safer, cleaner places.”

Claudia Manera died after a collision between her bike and a lorry in West Ealing

A spokesman from Ealing council added: "The council is delighted to be chosen as one of the successful boroughs as part TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.

"West Ealing will be transformed to bring about modal shift to active travel, more sustainable transport and healthy streets.

“There is strong support from the local community to improve West Ealing and through carefully selected projects, the lives of thousands of residents will improve.

"By the end of the programme, the look and feel of the area will be transformed to become cleaner, safer and a more sustainable and liveable neighbourhood.”

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