Lewisham funding for car club expansion

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.

And on a related note, reader Daryl has just emailed to say that the Harefield Road Streetvan has been stolen...

10 comments:

PaddyOm said...

Shame we dont have the Boris bikes too... love them when i am in town and they would be so handy for impromtu trips to Greenwich etc...

patrick1971 said...

The trouble with car clubs is that they require some forward planning, which petrolheads struggle with, and they also mean the car isn't YOURS, so that selfish "my little empire" feeling is lost. They're a great idea, but, as with most things, it won't be the people who SHOULD take it up (those who drive five minutes to the shops and see a car as a fundamental human right), but those who probably very rarely drive anywhere.

Crofton Park Gooner said...

There is a space for one on Bexhill Rd at the junction of Ewhurt rd.

Mb said...

Patrick, I don't get your point. Of course it will only appeal to those who rarely drive and could probably do without owning their own car. Like me.

fabhat said...

patrick1971 - they are even pretty good for planning with only a few minutes ahead. We used a streetcar to get to an out of hours doctors appointment at east dulwich hospital, with only 30 mins notice of the appointment. It was easier and cheaper than getting a taxi there and back. But I know that petrol heads are hard to persuade...

Tommo said...

@mb

I think he means that car clubs don't actually do much to reduce traffic levels.
I'm toying with the idea of signing up but rarely need a car for just a few hours.

pip said...

I use the Streetcar on Braxfield Road (just opposite the "mid-town" Brockley shops) - it's usually free, which is handy, but a bit worrying too, as they may decide to take it away again and put it somewhere where it will get used more!

I'd really urge anyone for whom car ownership is not completely necessary to look at Streetcar membership. It's a great idea and very cost-effective if you're not using it really regularly.

herbethehamster said...

hello there. new to brockley and wondered if anyone could tell me about car clubs in brockley? i see a car club space near the flat in ashby road but dont know which club it may belong to. any tips?

thanks
deka

Anonymous said...

Almost certainly streetcar, although they are owned by zip car now so I'm sure you could use either membership

Brockley Ben said...

There's quite a few Streetcars (and at least one Streetvan) in the area.

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