About the Commission and acknowledgements

Street Smarts: Report of the Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets

About the Commission and acknowledgements

This is the final report of Centre for London’s independent, expert-led Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets. The Commission set itself the task of developing fresh thinking and making recommendations on how London could best manage the conflicting pressures on its roads and streets, address challenges of congestion, air pollution, road safety and poor quality of place, and make the most of the opportunities presented by new technology.

The Commission met five times between February and September 2017. Its deliberations were informed by:

  • Submissions received to a public call for evidence.
  • A roundtable with business representatives, hosted by London First.
  • Targeted engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including road user groups, campaign organisations, charities, businesses, politicians and academics.

Our call for evidence elicited a total of 48 submissions from a variety of organisations, bodies and individuals. These included responses from six London boroughs, 12 business representatives (from sectors including logistics, retail and construction), five campaign groups, three membership groups, three architects/planners, three business organisations, two bus operators, a car club company and private hire company and eight individuals.

The Commission would like to thank everyone who submitted evidence and engaged with its work. We are particularly grateful to Valerie Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, and Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, at Transport for London, and their teams, for their support and input throughout the Commission’s work. We are also grateful to King’s College London for hosting the Commission’s meetings.

This report has been generously supported by Chris Rokos and sponsored by Thales, Canary Wharf Group, Atkins and Future Cities Catapult. This project would not have been possible without them.

Commissioners would like to thank the team at Atkins for in-kind research support, particularly Mike Frobel, Principal Engineer, Transportation, and Nathan Watt, Intelligent Transport Systems Consultant, and the team at Centre for London who provided the secretariat.

Any errors and omissions in the report remain solely those of the authors.


The secretariat was led by Silviya Barrett, with help from Tom Colthorpe, and Martin Wedderburn, a transport expert and Associate of Centre for London.

Silviya Barrett

Silviya Barrett is a Research Manager at Centre for London and works on projects on a wide range of policy issues. Prior to joining the Centre, Silviya worked at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she managed the research and survey programme and authored reports on issues affecting London businesses, including housing and construction skill shortages, immigration and skills, and fiscal devolution. Silviya holds a Masterís degree in European Studies from Kingís College London and a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations and Management from Regentís American College London.

Martin Wedderburn

A Centre for London Associate, Martin is an independent transport planning consultant. He has worked for a wide range of public and private sector clients internationally, and strives to ensures that the full spatial, wider economic, social and environmental impacts of transport are assessed. Martin holds a BSc (Hons) Transport Planning from Loughborough University, and MPhil Town and Country Planning from UCL Bartlett School. Current and recent projects in London include work on improved connectivity in Old Oak and Park Royal, the business case for the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf crossing, and assessing options for public transport to support regeneration in Thamesmead.

Tom Colthorpe

Tom Colthorpe is a Researcher at Centre for London. His research interests include health policy and population health, urban transport planning, and issues surrounding social exclusion in a city context. Tom holds a BA (Hons) in Geography and an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, both from the University of Oxford.