Responding to the London Assembly Transport Committee’s ‘Future Transport’ report, Ben Rogers, Director of Centre for London said:
“Londoners’ travel habits are changing rapidly. The decline in tube passenger numbers highlights an urgent need to consider how Londoners are going to move around the city in the future.”
“The London Assembly is right to call on Transport for London to respond to rapid technological changes. But while Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and connected and autonomous vehicles could deliver important benefits to London’s roads and streets, they also pose risks that need to be managed.”
“We need to start putting the right frameworks into place now. The Mayor and TfL should develop a framework for the governance of connected and autonomous vehicles, within a full automation strategy for transport in London. Transport for London should also make MaaS available on existing payment platforms such as Oyster and contactless, as well as trial a demand-responsive transport service to replace a scheduled bus route.”
Centre for London convened the independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets in 2017.
The Commission recommended an ambitious and innovative package of policy reforms including:
- Replacing the Congestion Charge with a pan-London, pre-pay smart road user pricing scheme.
- Introducing a cashback scrappage scheme as part of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, benefiting motorists who pay ULEZ charges frequently.
- Reviewing the Congestion Charge to remove the exemption from private hire vehicles and reduce the resident discount.