The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has unveiled his first draft Transport Strategy.
The draft strategy outlines how vital Crossrail 2 and a transformed suburban rail metro service are essential for the capital’s future economy, jobs and homes.
Proposals in the draft strategy include new signalling and more frequent services on the Metropolitan, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The modernisation of the Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City lines will also begin by the mid-2020s and see new trains and more frequent services delivered to increase capacity and improve reliability.
Crossrail 2, says the strategy, is vital to the success of the wider UK economy by creating 1.2 million new jobs and more than one million new homes. To ensure that London and the wider south east can cope with future demand, the Government must immediately give the go-ahead for Crossrail 2. Once delivered the new rail line would relieve pressure on the transport network across the south of England, enabling 270,000 more people to travel into and across central London every morning at peak time, and will drive the development of 200,000 homes and 200,000 new jobs across the south east.
The strategy aims to cut car journeys by three million each day. A major focus on helping Londoners reduce their reliance on cars aims to increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80 per cent of journeys by 2041. The Healthy Streets Approach will aim to change the face of London’s streets, making them better places to walk and cycle, cleaner, safer and quieter.
It aim to create a London suburban rail metro service to radically improve rail travel in outer London. The Mayor and TfL are making the case to Government for devolution of stopping suburban rail services from mainline central London stations, while continuing to work with Train Operating Companies within the capital to deliver a better suburban rail network. By the late 2020s journey times could improve by 15 per cent and peak period capacity from south London to central London could be increased by up to 124,000.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the greatest city in the world and as it continues to grow it is vital that we take a bold approach to ensure our transport network works for all. We simply cannot afford to take the same old approach to travel as our growing population puts increasing pressure on our network.
“That’s why today I’m setting out a new long-term vision for our capital – one that puts walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of our day-to-day lives. So while we are delivering affordable, reliable and accessible transport through the improved services and new infrastructure that we need, we’re also changing the whole way we look at transport as a whole.
“Only by focusing on active travel, providing efficient zero-emission transport and reducing our dependency on cars, can we improve the health of Londoners, support economic growth, deliver homes and jobs, and make our city an even better place to live.”