Today, 21 June 2017, saw the publication of the mayor’s draft Transport Strategy for London.
… a new long-term vision for our capital – one that puts walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of our day-to-day lives
In the press release, Transport plan for fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says he is setting out a “new long-term vision for our capital – one that puts walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of our day-to-day lives“.
This is about changing the whole way we look at transport, and that means “focusing on active travel, providing efficient zero-emission transport and reducing our dependency on cars“, so that we “can we improve the health of Londoners, support economic growth, deliver homes and jobs, and make our city an even better place to live”.
Ben Still, of the Urban Transport Group, is quoted as saying: “Making streets into safer and more attractive places that people want to spend time in and which promote healthier and more active lifestyles is the right way forward for cities. Successful cities know that they need to be places that people actively want to live in, work in, invest in and visit. London’s Healthy Streets Approach is something which we are now looking to take forward as a wider group of transport authorities for the nation’s largest urban areas.”
So this is not just a transport strategy, it’s also a health strategy, and an economic strategy. We hope our local authority, of whatever political make-up from May 2018, will ensure that Sutton does not get left behind. That Sutton is somewhere people actively want to live in, work in, invest in and visit.
The draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy is open to public consultation until 2 October 2017 and can be accessed by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/mayors-transport-strategy.