Hammersmith and Fulham Council is hoping to receive £1 million funding for a ground-breaking scheme aimed at improving the air quality in a pollution hot spot.
It has submitted a bid to Transport for London (TfL) to create a unique Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in the area under the Hammersmith Flyover near the Apollo theatre.
A study revealed last year that the area is one of the most polluted in the borough , and the council has made making the air in its streets safer to breath a major priority after revealing it claims the lives of 200 people each year.
H&F say awarding of the grant would demonstrate its commitment to become the greenest, most environmentally friendly council in the country.
The LEN includes support for people to make fewer polluting car journeys, with new electric vehicle charging points, more cycle storage and greenery, and a new station to monitor air quality.
The bid also includes proposed improvements to the north-south cycle links through the town centre, linking the river with the commercial areas and the planned Cycle Superhighway 9 to the north of the flyover.
'Air pollution is a killer'
H&F say it will match the £1m money, which will come for the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, if it is one of two boroughs chosen in the capital for the LEN.
In 2015 the council set up resident-led Air Quality Commission and the launch of a new network of electric car charging points .
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, head of environment, transport and residents’ services said: “ Air pollution is a killer and we are tackling it head-on.
“The LEN targets an area where pollution is particularly high and will foster a long-term change in the area’s air quality.
“This would help us in our aim to make it easier and safer to get around H&F without a car, or just to use one less.”
Other schemes being introduced to clean up the borough’s air quality include new segregated cycle tracks across the north of the gyratory , green cycle tracks on Talgarth Road and replacing the Hammersmith Flyover with a flyunder .
The council will learn in June if its LEN bid has been successful.