London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that he plans to spend £770m on cycling infrastructure in the capital over the next five years, almost double the previous budget. It works out at an average of £17 per Londoner per year, a spend which matches cycle-focussed counties like Denmark and the Netherlands.
Khan hopes to entice more people out of their cars through a number of new initiatives, including on two new cycle superhighways. "I said in my manifesto that I’d be the most pro-cycling Mayor London has ever had. Today I’m delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years compared to the previous Mayor," he said.
Work is due to begin on the Farringdon to King’s Cross northern extension of the North-South superhighway next year, while the CS4 between Tower Bridge and Greenwich, and CS9 between Kensington Olympia and Hounslow will go into the consultation phases.