London's Action Programme for Transport



London's Action Programme for Transport

Authors

YASS I, London First, UK

Description

In October 1995, London First published ÔLondonÕs Action Programme for Transport 1995-2010 on behalf of the London Pride Partnership. It was the first comprehensive and fully costed look at LondonÕs transport needs in 20 years.

Abstract

In October 1995, London First published ÔLondonÕs Action Programme for Transport 1995-2010 on behalf of the London Pride Partnership. It was the first comprehensive and fully costed look at LondonÕs transport needs in 20 years.

The 1990Õs have seen the growth of new structures of leadership in London. London First is an independent voice for the promotion and improvement of London. It was formed in 1992 by business leaders in response to concern about under-investment in LondonÕs infrastructure and the lack of strategic leadership. London First is funded entirely by its membership of over 270 businesses.

London First was instrumental in forming the London Pride Partnership, which comprises the major organisations representing business, local government and the voluntary sector. The Partnership has created a 20 year Prospectus for London which was presented to the Secretary of State for the Environment in January l995. The vision encompasses a robust and sustainable economy; social cohesion and equality of opportunity; cultural diversity; and a high quality infrastructure. The Prospectus identified transport as one of the five top priorities for action on which LondonÕs future depends and set out the principles for a sustainable transport policy for London.

The challenge of translating these principles into a practical programme of action was taken on by the London First Transport Initiative. The Initiative comprises business leaders from London First, independent experts, members of the Association of London Government, the Corporation of London, the Confederation of British Industry, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the London Planning Advisory Committee. There were extensive consultations within these organisations and with transport operators and authorities. There was also a survey of London First members to get a better understanding of the transport problems which businesses experience and the improvements they would like to see.

The Action Programme has wide support throughout London, and across the political spectrum. Much of it is addressed to the Government, to whom it looks for a positive response. But there is also much for the private sector, local government and others to do. The programme provides a framework for them to make their contribution to the process. It is geared to the success of London. A successful London is vital to the prosperity of the United Kingdom as a whole and the success of London is critically dependent on improving its transport.

Publisher

Association for European Transport