Centre for London is convening an independent, expert commission to examine how London can best manage the conflicting pressures on its roads and streets, and tackle problems of congestion, pollution, affordability and road safety besetting London’s surface transport system.
London’s congestion problem
Serving as both transport routes and social places, London’s roads and streets are facing many competing pressures. As the city grows, delivery vehicles, cabs, coaches, buses, private cars, motorbikes, cyclists and pedestrians all jostle for priority. As a result, London has now over taken Brussels as the most congested city in Europe.
This brings a number of challenges, with unacceptably high levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and mounting pressures to improve road safety. While new technology is seen as being at the core of solving these challenges, it is also behind some of the drivers for increasing congestion, such as the increase in home deliveries, private hire vehicles and the development of self-drive vehicles. Hard choices have to be made on how to manage congestion, while preserving roads’ and streets’ public realm aspects.
About the Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets
The purpose of the Commission is to develop new cross-party, cross-sector thinking on ways forward for London’s roads and streets.
A full list of commissioners and chair will be announced in the New Year, followed by a report in Summer 2017.