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Latest news and events from Cross River Partnership and our partners.

Lunchtime Launch 11 – Good Parks for London 2021: Parks and Climate Change

For CRP’s eleventh monthly Lunchtime Launch event, join us for the virtual launch of this year’s Good Parks for London report on Thursday 18th November 2021, 1:15pm – 2:00pm. Sign up now! The annual report, published by Parks for London, showcases the great work that land managers are doing in and around London, especially in considering the effects of climate change and how […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Electric Vehicle Rapid Charging Hubs Guidance Report

Why are rapid charging hubs needed? Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity with 1 in 10 new cars bought in 2020 an EV, up from 1 in 30 the year prior. These statistics go hand in hand with the requirement for new charging infrastructure. Rapid charging hubs, which can provide a full charge in 30 minutes or less, are increasingly required in central […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Eleanor Marshall

London 2030 Electric Vehicle Strategy

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to ‘unlock’ land owned by the Greater London Authority and London boroughs, to locate around 1,000 rapid charge points by 2030. Transport for London estimates that by 2030, London could need up to 60,000 charge points, of which up to 4,000 will be rapid charge points. London’s ongoing investment in EVs supports the Mayor’s wider target […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

Free Cargo Bike Hire in Westminster and Northbank

Free use of a cargo bike and rider (yes, free, you did read that right!). We can work together to reduce air pollution. Using transport types that do not give out pollutants that are bad for our lungs is one effective way to do this. That is why there are free hours – via the Defra funded Clean Air Villages programme – to use an Ecofleet cargo […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Kate Fenton

Southbank Vivacity Monitoring Continues

CRP is continuing to work with South Bank BID to provide in-depth Vivacity monitoring and analysis. This month we reached a new milestone, with the third round of reporting nearly complete! So why is monitoring useful? By carrying out monitoring and analysis, CRP can provide South Bank BID with a detailed picture of active travel and vehicular movements, as well as an insight to social distancing trends and local emissions. This can then help to: Act as the proof […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Fiona Coull

Urban and Micro Logistics Hubs

Through Cross River Partnership’s Clean Air Villages 4 and CLSRTP programmes, CRP has produced an interactive map for Local Authorities and Landowners to advertise underutilised or unused sites and spaces in their local area. This map will support logistics operators to explore these locations as potential Urban Logistics Hubs and Micro Logistics Hubs, and landowners and local authorities to utilise these spaces fully. Urban logistics hubs and […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Ross Phillips

COP26 and CRP

Progress was made at COP26! Of course there is still much more to do, but it’s fantastic that over 200 countries are committing to do #BetterTogether, including China and the US. More than 100 countries have promised to stop deforestation by 2030. CRP’s next Lunchtime Launch is all about Parks and Climate Change – sign up here. 450 financial organisations have agreed to back “clean” […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

Westminster Council Climate Emergency Action Plan

CRP’s accountable body, Westminster City Council has committed to reduce carbon emissions across the city to reach net zero by 2040. The Climate Emergency Action Plan contains a raft of actions to reduce emissions by working in partnership with businesses, communities, and residents. Key actions will focus on: Efficient buildings Clean and affordable energy Sustainable travel and transport Reducing consumption and waste Green and resilient city What […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Carol Quamina

Southwark Climate Change Conference 2021

CRP Project Officer Isidora Rivera Vollmer attended Southwark’s virtual Climate Change Conference. This year’s conference was hosted by Councillor Helen Dennis, Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency and Sustainable Development. The keynote speaker at this event was Harriet Lamb, CEO of climate change charity Ashden. The conference was held on 27th October, one week before COP26. The event focused on the work taking place across the borough to reduce emissions and protect our natural environment. First, Helen Dennis and […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

Spotlight On: London Borough of Southwark

Following the local Climate Emergency Conference ahead of COP26 (see article above), Councillor Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council wrote to the UK’s Prime Minister, urging the government to ‘do more’ to tackle climate change and ‘to do it quickly’ through a series of financial and policy changes. In the letter to RT Hon Boris Johnson, MP, Cllr Williams said: […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Mayor of London Announces £1m ‘Untold Stories’ Fund

Did you know that in London, only 4% of statues are named women, and only 1% are people of colour? That’s why this month, the Mayor’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm has invited community-led organisations to submit applications for grants worth up to £25,000 to help refresh their public spaces to better reflect the stories of all of the groups […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Congratulations to Vauxhall One!

CRP Business Improvement District partner Vauxhall One has been voted in for its third 5-year term! Earning a victory with 87.4% of voters and 94.5% by rateable value, Vauxhall One will continue its work to share the largest regeneration zone in Europe. Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of London Borough of Lambeth, said “I would like to congratulate Vauxhall BID for the fantastic ballot […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

The London Conference 2021

The Centre for London is holding their Annual London Conference on 30 November 2021. We encourage you to register and hear what the capital’s leaders have to say about its future. We’re proud to have worked with the Centre for London on Lighting London Sustainably and Town Centre Futures which are closely linked to Women’s Safety and a Green […]

18th November 2021 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

Living Wage Week 2021

From 15th – 21st November, CRP is supporting Living Wage Week. 2021 marks 20 years of the Living Wage movement. By registering as a Living Wage employer, we provide an environment in which our staff feel valued. This helps us to create a strong, dynamic team of employees. Find out more.

18th November 2021 / Posted by Jack Alexander

Welcome to new CRP Project Officer Jack!

Since joining the team in October I’ve been introduced to the Clean Air Villages project where I will be working on technology solutions –developing CRP’s fantastic online tools and distribution, establishing urban logistics microhubs. I am excited to apply my experience working on air quality projects to CAV4 and to branch out into new areas of […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Jack Alexander

Welcome to new CRP Project Officer Dave!

I’ve really enjoyed my first fortnight at the Cross River Partnership and meeting all of the CRP team, both in-person and virtually. Everyone has been really supportive and friendly and I’ve felt very welcomed throughout the induction period. As London continues to open up again, and with COP26 almost upon us, the environment and air quality remain at the forefront of the public consciousness, […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

COP26 in Glasgow

‘Green Place’ is the literal translation of the name Glasgow, and to Glaswegians the city is known as the Dear Green Place. This etymology seems apt as Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, also known as COP26 at the SEC in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. It will bring international leaders together for a […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Eleanor Marshall

London Port Health Authority Inspection

I was honoured to take part in the London Port Health Authority’s Annual Inspection of the Port on Monday 11th October 2021, hosted by Mr. Keith Bottomley, CC, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Port Health and Environmental Services Committee. After an early 07:45 start from Tower Millennium Pier, we were able to travel Eastwards along the Thames to […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

Submission to the DEFRA Air Quality Grant

CRP is pleased to announce that we have submitted a collaborative bid to Defra’s latest round of Air Quality Grant funding.  We are thankful to Westminster City Council for leading the application. If the bid is successful, then CRP will deliver reductions in air quality with a focus on river freight and onward journeys by zero and ultra-low emission […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Kate Fenton

Clean Air Villages 4 – Quarter 2 Steering Group Meeting

CRP held the second Steering Group meeting on Thursday 14th October for the DEFRA-funded Clean Air Villages 4 (CAV4) project, attended by its project partners. The CAV4 project is helping all of the project partners to make improvements to air quality through the delivery of innovative freight solutions that address consolidation, distribution, mode, technology and policy issues. Some of the […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Carol Quamina

Clean Air Villages 4 article in the Public Sector Executive magazine

The Public Sector Executive have published an article about the Clean Air Villages 4 (CAV4) programme.  You can read it here.  CRP’s recently launched ULEZ resources were referenced, as was river freight and the Clean Air Tool. For further information, please contact CRP Project Manager Kate Fenton.

26th October 2021 / Posted by Kate Fenton

World Car Free Day Play Streets in Tower Hamlets

CRP’s Healthy Streets Everyday programme has helped to fund six play streets at schools in London Borough of Tower Hamlets as part of the borough’s Car Free Day celebrations. World Car Free Day, which occured on the 22nd of September, is a day dedicated to prioritising streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and children, enabling them to play safely without the danger of road traffic. This year, pupils from six schools across Tower Hamlets (Harry Gosling Primary School, […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Fiona Coull

CRP’s Monitoring and Data Analysis Services

CRP is building on the success of its cross-project Vivacity monitoring programme by offering bespoke, value-for-money data analysis services to unlock the potential of your traffic monitoring data. By providing in-depth analysis that is tailored to your needs, CRP can help to provide the proof of concept for local initiatives whilst enabling evidence-based decision making for both you and your […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Ross Phillips

ULEZ has expanded

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanded yesterday to create a single larger zone up to, but not including, the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes), and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) will either need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards, or pay a £12.50 daily charge […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Ross Phillips

A People First Vision for London’s Streets

Cross River Partnership’s latest report ‘The Lived Experience of Our Streets: A People First Vision for London’s Streets’, produced by NOOMA Studio for the TfL-funded Central London Sub Regional Transport Partnership, sets a vision to create a more equitable and accessible street for all users across London. Now presents a timely opportunity for London’s key players to work together […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

October is Black History Month

October is Black History Month! The first UK event was launched in London back in October 1987. The month was founded by Ghanaian analyst, journalist and activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo. During Black History Month, the aim is for all communities to challenge different forms of racism, such as internalised, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism, to address white privilege, and to educate ourselves and others about […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

CRP’s Spotlight On: Eastern City Partnership

The Eastern City Partnership (EC Partnership) has been founded by a group of landowners and occupiers looking to work collaboratively with the City of London Corporation, and other public sector partners.​ ​ The partnership has a shared view to champion local priorities, and amplify the significant assets across the footprint of the area.​ ​ The geographical area which the EC Partnership covers is vital to the […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

Lunchtime Launch 11 – November: Parks and Climate Change: Good Parks for London 2021 Report Launch

November’s Lunchtime Launch showcases the virtual launch of this year’s Good Parks for London report on Thursday 18th November 2021, 1:15pm – 2:00pm. The annual report published by Parks for London showcases the great work that land managers are doing in and around London, especially in considering the effects of climate change and how parks can mitigate them. This online interactive […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Lunchtime Launch 10 –  October: The Challenges and Opportunities of Fleet Electrification

Join us from 1:15pm – 2:00pm, Thursday 28th October, to discuss findings from the Electric Vehicle (EV) Fleet-Centre Local Energy System (EFLES) project, a collaboration between CRP, UK Power Networks Services, UPS and Moixa. CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru will be giving an overview of all of CRP’s past and present work with EVs and their associated infrastructure. […]

26th October 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

CRP’s Spotlight On: London Borough of Islington

At Islington Council, we are working towards creating a cleaner, greener and healthier borough. The pandemic has highlighted just how important our local streets are to local people. We know it is important to take action now to improve our local environment, and meet the commitments in our Vision 2030 (Net Zero Carbon) Strategy to […]

28th September 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge