The final Mayor’s Transport Strategy was published by the Mayor on 13 March 2018.
The document sets out the Mayor’s policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next two decades.
Transport is at the heart of the vision of the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to create a city for all Londoners.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy sets out his plans to transform London’s streets, improve public transport and create opportunities for new homes and jobs. To achieve this, the Mayor wants to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
(Extract from the Mayor’s Transport Strategy TfL (online))
It is clear that, for the strategy’s proposals to be successfully implemented, London boroughs will have a key role to play. Although the timeline is over two decades, the new borough administrations that come into place in May 2018 will need to set the course quickly, and make all their decisions with the strategy in mind. No one is saying it is going to be easy, but we hope that the London Borough of Sutton will be up to the task for the sake of our future residents.
The text in the following section ‘About the strategy’ has been taken from the Mayor’s Transport Strategy 2018 page at london.gov.uk.
About the Strategy
Transport has the potential to shape London, from the streets Londoners live, work and spend time on, to the Tube, rail and bus services they use every day.
By using the Healthy Streets Approach to prioritise human health and experience in planning the city, the Mayor wants to change London’s transport mix so the city works better for everyone.
Three key themes are at the heart of the strategy.
1. Healthy Streets and healthy people
Creating streets and street networks that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use will reduce car dependency and the health problems it creates.
2. A good public transport experience
Public transport is the most efficient way for people to travel over distances that are too long to walk or cycle, and a shift from private car to public transport could dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets.
3. New homes and jobs
More people than ever want to live and work in London. Planning the city around walking, cycling and public transport use will unlock growth in new areas and ensure that London grows in a way that benefits everyone.
Read the evidence behind the strategy on TfL’s Mayor’s Transport Strategy page.
The following sections have been taken from the TfL’s Mayor’s Transport Strategy 2018 page page at tfl.gov.uk. This is an abridged version with some text omitted.
London’s transport challenges
The city’s population is forecast to rise from 9 million people today to 10.8 million in 2041. We must find new ways to plan London’s growth.
- Healthy Streets designed to tackle the physical inactivity crisis
- Reduced traffic on London’s streets
- Better air quality and work aimed at making London a zero-carbon city
- A reliable public transport system that can cope with more passengers
- An accessible, affordable and safe transport network
- Investment in transport to support the creation of new homes and job
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy evidence base report summaries have more about the challenges facing London.
The Mayor’s approach
The strategy uses the Healthy Streets Approach. This makes health and personal experience the priority as we plan our city.
The Healthy Streets Approach will be applied to the whole transport system to help create:
- Healthy Streets and healthy people
- A good public transport experience
- New homes and jobs
Healthy Streets and healthy people
Streets make up 80% of London’s public spaces – making them Healthy Streets will improve the quality of life for everyone in London. The Mayor’s proposals include work to develop a London-wide network of cycle routes.
Making the strategy work
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy looks ahead two decades and cuts across all forms of transport in London. To implement the strategy’s proposals successfully, we will need to:
- Prepare for new technology and unpredictable changes to the way we live
- Find a more efficient and fair way of paying for transport projects in London
- Work with partners across London and beyond, including the Government, London boroughs, other transport operators, business and other stakeholders
Monitoring progress on the strategy
Progress will be reported annually in the Travel in London report.