Monkeyboy has sent us this news from TfL, which is bunging Lewisham Council some money to help pay for the expansion of the local network of car clubs, which help to reduce the pressure on parking and make infrequent car journeys more affordable.
Lewisham has been actively encouraging car club expansion for some time and although this money is a relatively small sum, when divided between all of the boroughs, 1,200 new bays across London should deliver a significant increase in car club membership. Here's the release:
In recent years TfL has funded the London boroughs to support the development of a comprehensive on street parking infrastructure for car clubs. There are currently 2,597 car club vehicles across London and over 141,000 members (Carplus, February 2010).
TfL has awarded an allocation of further funding for this to continue. £537,000 has been allocated between 23 London boroughs in 2011/12, with a further £480,000 available to 24 boroughs in 2012/13.
The following boroughs will receive funding: Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Havering, Hounslow, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton (2012/13 only), Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.
This programme is to fund the planning, consultation and implementation costs associated with the delivery of on street car club bays. Over 400 bays have been delivered in 2010/11 with the help of this TfL’s financial support. The combined programme for the next two years will see over 1200 bays delivered, significantly contributing to the Mayor’s target of expanding the car club network in London.
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