The Mayor of London’s Roads Task Force has set out a vision for the future of London’s roads and streets, aiming to ensure the Capital can cope with major population growth, support jobs and new homes, while remaining “attractive, vibrant, accessible and competitive”.
80 per cent of all trips made by people and 90 per cent of all goods moved in London every day are on roads. Streets also account for 80 per cent of London’s public spaces. With London’s population set to rise by a further 1.7 million to around 10 million by 2031, the demands on London’s roads and streets from all users is set to grow.
The Roads Task Force (RTF) has spent a year studying the challenges facing London’s roads and the examples of street management and urban design around the World.
It’s report calls on London to be bolder and embrace innovative solutions, and for major investment to support not just the efficient and reliable movement of people and goods, but high quality roads, public spaces and revitalised high streets to improve the liveability of the capital and ensure it remains attractive and competitive among world cities.
Among the RTF’s recommendations is an idea that will be welcome in some quarters in Hammersmith – the idea of roofing over arterial roads to create new surface space, reconnecting severed communities, while providing for strategically important freight and business traffic via underpass or tunnel. This is very similar to West London Link’s proposals for a Hammersmith Flyunder to replace the A4 flyover.
The report also calls for a range of other things, including “world class public realm” in high streets and new developments; changing the way goods and services are delivered, for example shifting HGVs and freight out of peak hours; looking to encourage a greater shift to walking, cycling and powered two wheelers; and good quality parking for all vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.