Transport Strategy for London - helping the Mayor
Last month Milestone staff attended the Policy Forum for London which outlined the next steps for the Mayor of Londons’ Transport Strategy. The transport strategy focused on 'Healthy Streets' and passenger experiences to encourage more walking cycling and public transport use. An example given was the planned transformation of Oxford Street. This would restrict traffic in favour of pedestrians and cyclists. There were over a hundred proposals presented underpinned by sound strategies. Speakers made reference to the DfT 'Cycle and Walking Investment Strategy' (March 2016) - whilst this publication is focused on infrastructure delivery it is an interesting read and there are some useful case studies on the successes of cycle improvement schemes, 'Mini-Hollands' and walk to school initiatives.
To make commuting into London simpler, the Transport Strategy outlined the commitment to provide public transport services such as the Elizabeth Line, which will provide direct access to London Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road from Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. All 41 stations on the line will be accessible, and it is expected to serve around 200 million people each year. This, alongside with the proposed capacity improvements to the both the Hammersmith and City line and Piccadilly line, has the potential to shift people from the private car to public transport. This will dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets. Bridget Fox (Campaign for Better Transport) used the interesting acronym AARS (Accessible - Affordable - Reliable - Sustainable) to highlight the key priorities when planning public transport routes and infrastructure; quoting that: "a double-decker bus replaces 200 cars on the road".
The overall aims of the Mayors Transport Strategy is very ambitious and goes into great detail on not only how it can be achieved, but why it needs to be for the benefit of all who live in London.
At Milestone transport planning, we are highly experienced to give advice and assist our clients in all sectors, keeping in mind the central aims of the Transport Strategy. We look forward to helping achieve the vision of 80% modal share for journeys made on foot, cycle and public transport journeys by 2041.