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London boroughs get EV funding

Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hackney are to get £766k of funding to help drive EV take-up and tackle air pollution.

Hammersmith will get a low emission zone in its town centre under the funding.

Hammersmith will get a low emission zone in its town centre under the funding.

The latest ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ projects to win funding follow on from the six projects announced last year, and will be matched with around £875k from the boroughs themselves.

Project include a Low Emission Zone in Hammersmith town centre, building on a proposed zero emission street on Hammersmith Grove. The project will also bring an electric taxi rank; a last-mile courier hub; and communication support (£650k overall funding)

Announced by the Mayor of London, TfL and London Councils, the funding will also facilitate new charging points in Hackney’s market streets, servicing street traders, commercial vehicles and public buildings (£270k overall funding).

And in Camden, a School Low Emission Neighbourhood will restrict local traffic around 23 schools to electric and local access only. In addition, electric vehicle charging points will be deployed in school car parks and points to power up at lamp posts close to home (£720k overall funding).

The London boroughs of Barnet and Redbridge have also confirmed their future involvement in the ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ programme, and will develop projects for funding.

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: ‘If we are to bring London’s air quality within legal limits it will require us, local authorities and Government to work closely together.

“The Neighbourhoods of the Future are a fantastic example of how partnership working can lead to innovative projects that make a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.