Take action: Tell Mayor Sadiq Khan you want "A City for All Londoners"
- By SimonM on at 12:30am 4 November 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: london assembly, consultation, mayor, city hall, Sadiq Khan
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’."
Khan highlights differing approaches for Central London (‘Feet-first’, traffic-free iconic areas, delivery timings, clean vehicles and reduced motorised traffic); Inner London ("most travel by public transport, walking and cycling" with "mini-radial" systems around interchange hubs) and Outer London ("travel within and between centres by public transport, walking and cycling", short journeys on foot or bike with "better access by bike to local services and interchanges" and "more space for pedestrians", possibly modal filter schemes with "less traffic on local roads", and overall "reduced car use").
On specific cycling schemes, Khan promises to complete the Central London Cycling Grid in Zone 1, do more Quietways and "press ahead with more cycle superhighways to help commuters – importantly, learning the lessons from the construction of previous tracks and taking all measures possible to avoid disruption - for example by producing a construction timetable that is fully coordinated with other roadworks and promotes more night-time working for speedier completion."
On road danger, Khan backs the "Vision Zero" approach, "recognising that the cause of road danger is the presence of vehicles, which have the potential to do great harm, in built-up areas where people want to be. It means reducing the dominance of motor vehicles on our streets to minimise the dangers they pose to vulnerable road users." He has already announced moves to embrace "Direct Vision" lorries.
Khan also reiterates his commitment to charging by emissions (the "T-Charge") from 2017 for high-polluting older vehicles inCentral London, introducing the Central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 and "potentially" enlarging it to the North and South Circular Roads for all vehicles, and "London-wide for the most polluting heavy vehicles."
He is also going to phase out diesel bus purchases in favour of hybrid or zero emission by 2018, and ask government to reform VED and introduce a diesel scrappage scheme.
Of course, against all this the Mayor's action to allow CityAirport's expansion to go ahead, and to approve the Silvertown tunnel, which the Mayor justifies with: "The absence of river crossings in the east is a constraint on many people’s working lives". But both of these actions have the potential to undo some of the good Khan proposes above.
Want to comment on what the Mayor is saying? Then respond to the consultation here.