Barking and Dagenham leader says borough needs £100m for repairs

The leader of Barking and Dagenham Council has warned the borough needs at least £100million in funding to fix its dodgy roads and pavements after it was awarded £4m from a Transport for London funding scheme.

While Darren Rodwell said the TfL funding was a “much-needed boost” for residents, he argued millions more pounds are needed to repair the borough’s bad roads and pavements.

He said: “This is a much-needed boost for the people of Barking and Dagenham, following years of government underfunding for transport in our borough.

“Whilst it may be a big figure, this will only go a very small way to addressing the number of transport issues we face in Barking and Dagenham, where we have £100 million of repairs needed to our roads and pavements, and we will continue to lobby central government for more funds to ensure transport in our borough improves.”

Barking and Dagenham Council plans to spend almost £3m on the widening of bus lanes and carriageways and a further £230,000 will be spent on developing the borough’s cycle network.

According to TfL, the funding will also go towards a busy priority scheme on Wood Lane, a new bus lane that is 250m long and the upgrading of existing traffic lights.

The funding was secured by Be First, the council’s regeneration arm as part of TfL’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) which was set up to improve all types of transport across the capital and aims to improve air quality and the health of Londoners.

The council has won the highest amount out of any London borough in this round of funding.

Tim Thomas, head of transport policy at Be First said: “The LIP funding is a welcome boost to deliver improved transport links in the borough.

“We’ve worked hard to make the case for this extra funding, drawing up studies and a vision which is at last taking shape.

“It’s just the start of the 10-year vision to improve rail, buses and the A13.  These are exciting times ahead, we encourage residents, businesses and the development community to get involved in helping us plan for the future.”

Ruby Gregory

Local Democracy Reporter