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

12 Months of CRP

…In the 1st month of 2021 ♫  CRP kicked off the Lunchtime Launch webinar series! …In the 2nd month of 2021 ♫  CRP’s accountable body, Westminster City Council, held an open online discussion event about the COVID-19 vaccine, chaired by Lord Simon Woolley CBE. …In the 3rd month of 2021 ♫ CRP’s Town Centre Futures report made recommendations for Covid recovery! …In the 4th month of 2021 ♫ CRP put the […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

Lunchtime Launch 12 Green Logistics London: A Healthier City for All

Join us for the final Lunchtime Launch in the series. This interactive session, Thursday 16th December 2021, 1:15pm – 2pm, will explore improving air quality through more sustainable deliveries in London. Sign up for the webinar here. Local air quality has direct impacts on both the business community and public health. CRP BID member The Fitzrovia Partnership and transport pollution experts EMSOL will discussing their latest initiatives to […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

2022 Events

Following the success of the Lunchtime Launch series, we are pleased to launch our new event series for 2022: CRP’s Connect 4 Series!  Thank you to everyone who attended our Lunchtime Launch sessions. From January to November, we’ve hosted 11 online sessions, with 990 attendees and a total of 1,110 YouTube views. We’ve had 21 external speakers, all experts in […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

Clean Air Villages 2021 Round Up

The CRP team and Clean Air Villages 4 partners have been working hard since April’s project launch. Here’s a round up of just some of the deliverables that have been achieved so far. To find out more information, join our final Lunchtime Launch of the year on Thursday 16th December, when CRP Project Manager Kate Fenton be presenting a roundup of activities to-date. 154 1-2-1 meetings have taken place The team have […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Kate Fenton


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To celebrate, we have been running the #CleanAirChristmas campaign throughout December on social media, showcasing the CRP Clean Air Villages Directory and all of the amazing businesses and villages on there. Every day until Christmas Eve, we’re featuring all 26 CAV4 Clean Air Villages and 13 businesses from the Directory, including Christmas deals and a look at what’s on across London this […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Small Business Saturday 2021

The Small Business Saturday Tour 2021 travelled across the UK from Monday 1st November to Wednesday 1st December, calling at different towns and cities for five weeks! CRP tagged along with Westminster City Council and Cycle Confident to showcase the CAV4 cargo bike scheme – take a look at the live video.   Starting at COP26 in Glasgow, ‘The Tour’ visited twenty-four British towns and cities to support, inspire and highlight […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

CRP Team Planning Day

Thursday 25th November was the first time that the CRP Team have met up in-person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for its team planning day.  It was a great interactive day and provided the opportunity for the team to collaborate in shaping the future of its activities. The Team got down to planning its strategy for 2022/23 and beyond, which included discussing: CRP’s Vision and revamped mission statement How best […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Carol Quamina

A Conscious Christmas: Ways to Minimise Your Environmental Impact

“Over the festive season the UK creates 30% more waste than usual.” Biffa. As we start slowing down for the end of year festivities, let’s take a moment to consider how we can indulge in some of our favourite holiday pastimes, without hurting the earth. Cards  Having lived with the pandemic over the past couple of […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

Hammersmith BID Hosts First Zero-Emission Market

CRP partner Hammersmith BID recently hosted London’s first zero emission market on Sunday 29th November. From jams to jumpers, the market allowed shoppers to browse for Christmas gifts that had all been brought to the market on cargo bikes, electric vehicles or on foot. This added to the innovative work they are delivering through CRPs Clean Air Villages 4 and Healthy Streets Everyday programmes. In addition, lighting was […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Ross Phillips

CAV4 Cargo Bike Pier Visit

On Thursday 18th November, CRP Project Manager Fiona Coull met with colleagues from Ecofleet and Beckett Rankine to do some in-situ testing of cargo bikes on piers. The testing was done to help inform an upcoming study on pier adaptions for river freight, which incorporates integrating cargo bikes for last mile deliveries as part of the designs. The study is being funded by CRP’s CAV4 Programme in partnership with the Port of London Authority and will be […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Fiona Coull

Spotlight On: London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Lambeth have unveiled an Air Quality Vision for the borough – setting out tough new targets to reduce pollution and improve public health. The Air Quality Vision for Lambeth sets out bold new targets to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM 10 and 2.5), by 2030 based on new guidance from the World Health Organisation […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is exploring the possibility of scaling up the Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge (BCC) in the 2022-2023 period in partnership with Business Improvement Districts (BID) and local organisations with a network of business members. The BCC is a programme developed by the GLA in partnership with Bloomberg Associates to reduce the energy and consumption and emissions of London’s commercial building. If you are a […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

Congratulations to PDP London!

NLA’s New London Awards 2021 in association with the Mayor of London has announced the winners. The overall winner and also the winner of the planning category was PDP London’s Low Line. Its mission was described as to ‘connect people with nature and increase environmental resilience along its length by promoting innovative and sustainable projects that mitigate climate change.’ The Low Line connects neighbourhoods in London while celebrating London’s heritage rail […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Eleanor Marshall

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday 3rd December marked the 29th UN-supported International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD). The 2021 theme is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era” which examines the challenges and barriers and celebrates the opportunities for people who live with disabilities in the context of a global pandemic. Those with disabilities have been hit disproportionately hard by Covid, with reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation services, […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by David Ebbrell

HSE School Mural Competition – Updates

Following the recent HSE mural design competition to support Car Free Day 2021, CRP has now been working on bringing the winning drawings to life. Artists are currently being commissioned to produce permanent murals based on the winning mural designs at Cayley Primary School (Tower Hamlets), William Tyndale Primary School (Islington), and Middle Park Primary School (Greenwich). The painting process will begin in the new year when weather conditions improve. Pupils will also be involved throughout the artistic process. Through initial guided workshops, the […]

14th December 2021 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

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