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Khan’s transport strategy to be published in ‘coming weeks’

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Mayor of London has presented his Transport Strategy to the London Assembly, as he looks to improve transport across the city.

The London Assembly will consider the strategy before it is published “in the coming weeks”.

Sadiq Khan’s plans aim to deliver on his ambition for 80 per cent of trips in the capital to be made on foot, by cycling or using public transport by 2041.

In June 2017, the mayor published the draft transport strategy, pledging to make the entire transport system zero emission by 2050, improve reliability and extend the London Underground, DLR and Overground services.

More than 6,500 responses were submitted during the consultation on the draft strategy, from the public and key stakeholders from across the UK.

Khan said: “I’ve been clear that we need to be bold in how our city operates as London’s population grows, and this means not only investing record amounts in new infrastructure like extensions to the Tube, rail and Crossrail 2, but working with boroughs and local communities to reduce our reliance on car use across London.

“With our unprecedented focus on walking, cycling and clean public transport, our ambitious Transport Strategy can act as a crucial driver for new homes and jobs, but also improve quality of life for everyone living in London.”

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, added that the strategy shows “how we can provide affordable, accessible and world-class transport for every Londoner, while ensuring our transport network acts as a huge catalyst for new jobs and homes across the capital”.

Khan’s Transport Strategy includes:

  • Major transport schemes including the Elizabeth line, Northern Line extension, Crossrail 2, Bakerloo line extension and the Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf crossing.
  • Billions to be invested in delivering the Healthy Streets Approach across all London boroughs, such as major transformation schemes at Oxford Street and Old Street in Central London.
  • Forging ahead with Crossrail 2, which is “vital” to the success of the wider UK economy.  
  • “Record-breaking” investment across the entire Tube network to run more trains more often and carry far more passengers, including completion of new signalling and more frequent services on the Metropolitan, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.  
  • Dramatically improving air quality across London and making London a zero-emission city.  
  • Improving accessibility across London to enable all Londoners, including disabled and older people, to travel spontaneously and independently.

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