Take action: Tell Mayor Sadiq Khan you want “A City for All Londoners”
Simon Munk 18 hours ago
The new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published his vision document, indicating key policy themes for his first term and beyond. And you can have your say on it here.
Our Infrastructure Campaigner’s initial assessment is that the document contains many fine words, but that so far there’s been some contradictory decisions made and there’s little in the way of measurable targets or budget commitments yet – however this document isn’t the right place for those, yet.
The good news is that the Mayor is keen, throughout the document, to stress his green credentials with firm and clear commitments to tackle car dominance and boost cycling and walking via the “Healthy Streets” approach TfL has developed. We think it’s well worth writing in to back him on this approach.
Some choice quotes include: “air quality to be back down to safe levels as soon as possible”; “London to be zero carbon” by 2050; and “a more compact and connected city with more cycling, walking and public transport to reduce our dependency on cars”.
The key section on transport points out that by 2040 “an extra six million trips will be taken per day in London – and, given the finite amount of road space we have and the high costs and long lead times of providing new infrastructure, it will not be possible to keep pace with these increases in demand unless we are prepared to change the way we travel.” Khan is clear that means “less car and van use”.
His solutions include: “using road space for different purposes at different times of the day, shifting lorry consolidation centres closer to the River Thames or the rail network, and encouraging more business deliveries by bike. I will also encourage Londoners to take more trips on foot or by bike – as part of my plan for ‘Healthy Streets’.”