London Transport Vision for a Growing World City
E Seagriff, Transport for London, UK
The Mayor and TfL recently launched ?Transport T2025 - Transport Vision for a growing world city?, which was a major TfL initiative to produce a long-term integrated vision for London?s walking, cycling, public and private transport system.
"The Mayor and TfL recently launched ?Transport T2025 - Transport Vision for a growing world city?, which was a major TfL initiative to produce a long-term integrated vision for London?s walking, cycling, public and private transport system. The need for T2025 is driven by the scale and complexity of the growth challenges facing London - around 900,000 more jobs and 800,000 people will be in London by 2025 - and by the need to meet the Mayor?s demanding targets for carbon reduction. There is a clear need for a comprehensive strategy to be in a position to support this growth effectively and sustainably.
The Vision for transport in London is supported by extensive modelling, analysis and appraisal, and reflects inputs from key stakeholders. It recommends the transport policies and investments needed to support the growth and development of London as envisaged in the Mayor?s London Plan to support its economic, social and environmental objectives. This covers a range of strategies to:
·renew existing infrastructure and bring assets up to a state of good repair
·ensure the existing system is efficient and safe, by improving road network management, better ticketing and information, extra security
·reduce the need to travel, by using land use planning to reduce travel demand and car use
·greater influence travel behaviour, by providing travel information and incentives to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport
·reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions, by implementing a climate change action plan, technological improvements in the vehicle fleet, and implementation of a national road user charging scheme in London
·provide new capacity, by implementing a major programme of investment covering Tube, rail, DLR, light transit schemes and improvements to walking and cycling facilities and enhancements to the urban realm.
The benefits of this strategy for London are significant. For example:
·a nine per cent mode shift from car to public transport, walking and cycling
·crowding and congestion reduced below today?s levels despite the significant growth in population and jobs
·increases in UK GDP of £180bn due to increases in productivity and business journey time savings
·CO2 emissions reduced by 22 per cent
·Nine per cent reduction in travel time from the most deprived areas of London to town centres and the CBD thus contributing to a more inclusive society.
TfL will be using T2025 to support discussions with Government and other stakeholders regarding funding and to influence future transport policy development in London."
Association for European Transport