Better Bankside secures £167,500 from Mayor of London to transform stretch of Great Suffolk Street
The funding will deliver high quality public realm improvements to Great Suffolk Street, immediately south of Union Street where the environment is more degraded and foot traffic greatly decreases. This will support local business by encouraging footfall and dwell time along the street. The funding complements existing investment from Better Bankside, Network Rail and Southwark Council.
The project will knit together Network Rail’s planned investment in Union Yard – a section of the viaduct which links Union Street and Surrey Row forming part of the Low Line walking route, with emerging ‘Quietway’ cycle improvements planned by Southwark Council for Union Street as part of the Central London Cycle Grid. It will also incorporate Better Bankside’s newly extended area of operation south of Union Street, which comes into effect from April 2015.
The improvements, which are part of the longer term Bankside Urban Forest initiative, will be delivered during 2015 and completed in early 2016.