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.
Considering the impact on different groups of users, the commission will recommend policies to maintain London’s competitiveness, reduce congestion and pollution, increase livability and the vitality of city streets, improve public health, and promote inclusive and sustainable growth.
The Commission will look at the role that different types of policy interventions could play in meeting the challenges facing London’s roads and streets.
The Commission is chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chair of NHS England, and is made up of senior experts in the field of transport policy, economic development, health and urban planning.
The full list of commissioners includes:
- Patricia Brown, Director, Central
- Ellie Cosgrave, Lecturer in Urban Innovation at Policy, STEaPP City Leadership Lab, University College London
- Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair, NHS England
- Professor Peter Jones, OBE, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, University College London
- Professor Frank Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health, Kings College London
- Nick Lester-Davis, Director, Nick Lester-David Consultancy, Vice Chair, ERTRAC
- Tony Meehan, Transportation Consultancy, Practice Director, Atkins
- Professor David Metz, Honorary Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
Commissioners will meet at least four times over the next seven months and report in autumn 2017. The work of the commissioners will be supported by a team of experts from Centre for London, as well as Atkins and Thales who will undertake new analysis on the choices facing London, as directed by the commission.
Call for evidence
To help inform the Commission’s work, Centre for London has put out a public call for evidence. We are gathering contributions from a wide range of stakeholders, including different road user groups, campaign organisations, charities and businesses, politicians and academics.
We would welcome any relevant data, examples of best practice, and other evidence for issues affecting London as well as case studies and examples.
Responses should be no longer than 1,000 words. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 1 June 2017.
Any submissions will be treated confidentially and used to inform the Commission’s work. For any queries, please contact [email protected]