Regeneration of the Canning Town and Royal Docks Area (City East) Through an Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning Approach

Regeneration of the Canning Town and Royal Docks Area (City East) Through an Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning Approach


Neil Georgeson, Transport for London, UK


The Royal Docks study will provide an integrated land use and transport strategy which ensures that this area of London is a model high density, well connected and mixed urban development.


The 2012 Olympic Games are expected to transform large parts of east London, however, the Royal Docks which is on the fringes of the Olympic zone and close to the financial ?heart? of London, does not have a clear overall strategy for determining future land use and the required transport network to support growth.

The aim of the study is to understand the urban potential of the Royal Docks area to accommodate growth and physical change in a well-coordinated and planned way, thereby also improving the conditions for existing communities.

The project is a joint partnership between the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London Development Agency & the London Borough of Newham. With the objectives of the study being:

1. To explore the potential of this part of London to accommodate growth in the context of the Government?s population and employment expectations & the Mayor of London?s wider regeneration policies;

2. To help identify and explore the main scenarios (options) for change, including the medium and long-term opportunities arising from Crossrail, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the re-appraisal of industrial land uses and other changes in land uses and spatial strategies; and

3. To appraise the main scenarios for change in terms of impacts on the transport network.

A total of 3 main development scenarios will be tested and evaluated, along with a number of further refinements of each main scenario. A varied number of high development aspirations exist for the area with approximately 30,000 new jobs and 100,000 new residents being considered for the Royal Docks area.

The development of scenarios will be based on the ?bottom-up? assessment of the land use capacity and potential of the study area. With each scenario appraised in terms of its transport and socio-economic impacts, and feasibility and policy implications.

The formulation of further design scenarios is also an iterative process, with the exact number of jobs/ population and spatial distribution of these being partially dependent upon the results of previously tested scenarios.

Criteria identified as being used to assess transport/ land use options include amongst others:

- Preliminary infrastructure costs for each land use/
transport strategy;
- Demand & crowding levels on public transport;
- Highway congestion delay rate;
- Usage of London Underground and Docklands Light
Railway Stations;
- Accessibility to public transport;
- Accessibility to population and jobs;
- Road vehicle, public transport and walking & cycling
trip rates.

Strategic public transport (RAILPLAN & LTS) and highway (LTS) models will be used to assess the impacts of land use policy measures on the transport network and accessibility levels (CAPITAL).

Final results from this transport & land use study along with policy recommendations will be available from mid April 2006.

The outputs of the study will inform the Mayor of London?s statutory planning document the ?London Plan? for the Royal Docks area, which will be released for consultation in Summer 2006.


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