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The Mayor has published his draft Transport Strategy, along with his draft London Plan and Economic Development strategies - see Shaping London. The draft documents are open for public comment from 12 October 2009 to 12 January 2010.
This follows his Transport Strategy Statement of Intent, published in May 2009, and the earlier Way to Go! (November 2008), his vision of transport in the capital in which he announced his intention to prepare a new Transport Strategy.
Traffic light rephasing
The Mayor is committed to tackling congestion by ensuring smoother traffic flow. Transport for London (TfL) is reviewing all traffic signals on London roads at the rate of 1000 per year to ensure that they operate in the most efficient way, rephrasing lights in line with Department for Transport standards so traffic is stationary for shorter periods of time, whilst maintaining pedestrian safeguards. Beginning in 2009, TfL is also working with London boroughs to identify if any traffic signals can be rephrased without compromising safety.
Fixed Penalty Notices for delays caused by roadworks
Badly planned roadworks have a huge impact on traffic congestion, including bus reliability. Since taking office the Mayor has lobbied the Government for permission to run a formal London permit scheme. The earliest date for approval will be the end of 2009. The Mayor has worked with utility companies to sign up to a code of conduct to cut the delays and congestion caused by roadworks. Under this code, some trenches that are not being worked on are being covered with high strength plates to allow the use of stretches of road that would previously have been cordoned off.
Re-instate Blackwall Tunnel tidal flow
The Mayor has asked the DfT to investigate what is needed to re-instate tidal flow at Blackwall Tunnel.
Oppose Dartford Crossing charge increase
The Mayor has lobbied the government to allow London residents who use the Dartford Crossing to get a 50 per cent discount.
Motorcycles in bus lanes
By allowing motorcycles in bus lanes, the Mayor hopes to encourage a modal shift from cars to motorcycles, easing congestion and improving emissions in the long term. From 5 January 2009, an 18-month trial is taking place, which allows motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and tricycles to travel in most red route bus lanes. For more information visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/motorcyclesinbuslanes.
The Mayor will encourage the market and uptake of electric vehicles to help to improve air quality, reduce CO2 emissions, achieve energy security and put the UK at the leading edge of this technology. For more information visit the Electric vehciles microsite.
Scrap £25 congestion charge
In July 2008 the Mayor delivered on his manifesto commitment to scrap the £25 a day CO2 charge for large family vehicles. The Mayor and Transport for London will work together to deliver cuts in CO2 emissions from transport in London by promoting cycling and walking, encouraging people to drive more efficiently and by cutting Transport for London's own CO2 emissions.
Consultation on Western Extension
A public consultation on the future of the Western Extension of the Congestion Charging zone ran throughout September 2008 and ended on 5 October 2008. Transport for London (TfL) asked those taking part in the consultation if they wanted the Western Extension kept as it is, removed, or whether they want certain aspects of it changed to address specific concerns. For more details, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/westernextension.
On 27 November 2008 the Mayor announced that, based on the results of the public consultation, he will begin the legal process required to remove the Western Extension.
The Mayor will make it easier for people to pay the congestion charge, introducing a system to enable people to pay by account, thus avoiding a fine when someone has forgotten to pay.
LiveBus, online bus tracking
iBus system provides next stop visual displays and audio announcements on the bus so that passengers know exactly where they are and when to get off. This has particular benefits for visually or hearing impaired passengers and infrequent travellers. An additional 2,000 Countdown signs are scheduled for roll-out across the network by 2013, which will double current numbers.
Trial of orbital express bus routes
Most transport comes in from outer London to the centre. There is therefore an urgent need to provide better services between the outer London Town centres. The Mayor plans to trial express bus routes to run between major transport hubs in outer London. If successful, this will become part of policy to encourage a modal shift to public transport. As part of this trial the X26 service has doubled in frequency.
Commuter coach services from outside London
As overcrowding increases on rail services into London, the Mayor would like to see if commuter coach services could provide an alternative. These services are growing in popularity with users guaranteed a seat at competitive prices.
Phasing out bendy buses
The Mayor believes bendy buses are not suitable for London's roads, and was elected on a clear mandate to scrap them. This process started in July with the bendy buses on route 507 being removed and will be completed by 2011.
Competition to design 21st century Routemaster
The Mayor has launched a competition titled A New Bus for London to design a new routemaster. The winners were announced on the 19 December.
A new Routemaster fit for the 21st Century will be in service in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Work with local councils to synchronise bus lane enforcement
There are a plethora of different operating times and conditions for bus lanes in London, making it difficult for motorists to know when they can or cannot use these lanes. There is clearly a need for greater consistency and consistency of operation. The Mayor has asked TfL to work with the boroughs to take this forward.
Stop Tube ticket office closures
In July 2008, the Mayor announced that he has put a stop to the proposed ticket office closures at LU stations.
Re-investigate Tube air conditioning
The first ever air conditioned trains will be available on the Metropolitan line from 2010, followed by new trains on the Hammersmith & City, Circle and District line in subsequent years. Research is also being undertaken to determine cooling options for deeper Tube lines to improve passenger comfort.
Investigate one hour later Tube opening on Friday and Saturday nights
The Mayor has asked LU to investigate the potential for delivering an extra hour of tube service on Friday and Saturday night.
Strengthen independent arbitration for the Public Private Partnership (PPP)
The PPP has not been an effective mechanism for upgrading the tube network. The Mayor believes that one mechanism to increase the transparency of this process is to have stronger independent arbitration to ensure taxpayers' money is safeguarded.
Prioritise track and signalling upgrades for PPP
The Mayor wants to improve Tube reliability. A key part of this is to ensure that upgrades focus on track and signalling, as these elements will allow for a better frequency of services.
Ensure promised Tube upgrades are still funded
The Mayor believes that the promised upgrades must be delivered to ensure that London's transport system meets the needs of a growing London. Major signalling works, and new trains will improve the frequency and reliability of trains following the biggest investment programme since the Second World War. The Tube upgrade programme will deliver nearly 30 per cent more capacity across the network
Tube no-strike deals / independent pay arbiter
The Mayor aims to negotiate a no strike deal with the Tube unions. In return, the Mayor will submit to independent arbitration for pay negotiations. The Mayor recognises this will not be easy, but he intends to pursue a solution to the threat of industrial action.
Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe. When complete in 2017 it will provide a fast, convenient rail service from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east through central London. Please visit the Crossrail website for more information.
Start of construction
Business Rates Supplement
To help pay for Crossrail, the Mayor is introducing a levy of 2p on non-domestic properties with a rateable value of over £55,000 in London from April 2010. The final prospectus on the Crossrail Business Rates Supplement was published on 29 January 2010.
Emergency public summit with rail companies
Millions of Londoners, especially in outer London, rely on rail services for their daily commute. Progress has been made with the train operating companies with respect to delivering an increased police presence on the network and the provision of Oyster on the National Rail network. but more work needs to be done. He will hold a public summit with the train operating companies and lay out what he expects from them.
The DLR is upgrading to run three-car trains on all its routes, providing an extra 50% capacity by 2011. This upgrade involves signalling work, lengthening platforms, strengthening viaducts and reconfiguring three major junctions.
The DLR Stratford international extension, from Canning Town to Stratford International will provide a vital connection for the 2012 Games.
Catch up with the bicycle
Cycling in the capital is on the up, but the Mayor wants to go further to really make a difference to how Londoners get about their city. As well as developing landmark projects such as the London cycle hire and cycle highways schemes, the Mayor and TfL are investing in cycle safety, training, and parking - making going by two wheels safer, more attractive, and more convenient. Catch up with the bicycle outlines the Mayor's plans, and provides information on the huge number of events and activities that will help get people cycling this summer.
Velib-style cycle hire scheme
The Mayor is committed to making London a genuinely cycle-friendly city. A cycle hire scheme for central London will be delivered by Summer 2010, enabling people to pick up and drop off hire bikes at 400 locations across the nine London boroughs and Royal Parks that make up London’s zone one travel area. An initial 6,000 hire bikes are expected to generate around 40,000 extra daily cycle trips in central London. Watch a video of Boris talking about 'Summer of cycling'. For more information please visit the TfL website.
Cycle Super Highways
Cycle Superhighways are safe direct and continuous routes designed to encourage people to commute by bike and to make life easier for people who already cycle to work. The first two Superhighways will be in place in Spring 2010, with a further ten routes to be delivered by 2012. More information can be found at: www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling
66,000 extra cycle parks
A crucial part of encouraging Londoners to cycle more is to provide secure cycle parking. This will also help tackle cycle theft. Transport for London is funding the installation of tens of thousands of new cycle parking spaces at various locations across London, including schools, workplaces and stations By 2012. Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling for more information
Prioritise cycling and cycle parking in London Plan
Formal minimum standards for cycle parking in new developments will be included in the London Plan at the earliest available opportunity. In the meantime, the Mayor is looking to publish Best Practice Guidance on cycle parking to give an indication of what level of parking developers will be expected to provide.
Integrate Oyster Pay As You Go into commuter river services
River transport has huge potential as a form of transport. Passenger numbers have been growing steadily over recent years. The Mayor wants to make river transport more convenient, by November 2009 Londoners will be able to use Oyster Pay As You Go on Thames Clipper river services.
Investigate expanding river services
The Mayor believes there is room for expansion of river services, and has set up a River Concordat between the operators of the boat services, pier owners and other key stakeholders to increase the use of travel by river. The Mayor is keen to ensure the river is used to its full potential and is exploring the increased use of the river during the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor has committed to the extension of Tower Pier by 2011 and will work to identify a funding plan for upgrading key central London piers.
Scrap mid-year black cab inspections
Taxis are some of the safest vehicles on the road, and drivers take great care and pride in their vehicles. The Mayor believes the requirement for two inspections each year is unnecessary. Therefore he has scrapped the mid year inspection of Taxis.
TfL to scrap PCO Notice 44/06
Many Londoners, particularly at night, use cabs and do not have enough cash for their journey, they ask the driver to stop at a cashpoint on route, such situations are difficult for the cab driver as they don't want to park away from the cash point in case they loose there fare. The Mayor believed this was an unnecessary restriction and has allowed cab drivers to stop on red routes to allow passengers to use cashpoints.
Black cab trade representative on TfL Board
Black cabs are an important public service, and as such should have formal representation on the TfL Board. Bob Oddy (LTDA) has been selected to represent the Taxi Trade on the TfL Board.
Licensed minicab representative on TfL Board
Licensed minicabs are an important part of the transport mix, and their growing numbers mean they should be properly represented on the TfL Board. Steve Wright MBE has been selected to represent licensed minicab drivers and licensed minicab operatiors on the TfL Board.
Increase number of Oyster outlets in outer London
The Mayor believes that more Londoners should have access to Oyster outlets, particularly in outer London so they can top up more often and benefit from lower fares. There are now over 3,800 Oyster outlets in London.
Allow direct debit use to automatically renew Oyster travelcards
The Mayor wants to help Londoners have one less thing to worry about on their commute. Progress has already been made through auto-top and paying.
Make Freedom Pass available before 9am
From 2 January 2009 all Londoners aged 60 and over are able to use their Freedom Pass on Transport for London services free of charge for 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
This Mayoral scheme targets the minority of under-18s abusing their right to free travel. It encourages them to balance their travel privileges with the responsibility to behave by withdrawing their free travel and only allowing it to be earned back through community service.
Ensure fully functioning mobility facilities on all buses
All buses are low-floor vehicles (excluding Heritage buses on routes 9 and 15), which means that they are lowered to street level when the bus stops and the doors open. 45% of bus stop provide ‘step free’ access and TfL will continue a programme to make all bus stops in London accessible.
Secure more funds to make overground stations step-free
The percentage of step free London Overground Stations will rise from 31% to 47% by 2017 and the Department for Transport has committed funding to increase the percentage of step free national rail stations in London from 31% to 47% by 2017 also.
New booking system for Dial a Ride
Transport for London migrated to a new booking system for Dial-a-ride in September 2008 to improve the service provided to passengers.
Crackdown on abuse of blue badge parking spaces
The Mayor is committed to ensuring that enforcement of blue badge spaces remains robust, as door-to-door transport is essential for many disabled Londoners.
Veterans’ travel pass
The Mayor recognises the bravery and sacrifice made by our armed forces, and the fact that injured veterans can have a tough time. Since the 2 November 2008 all war veterans in receipt of a pension under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, including war widows and widowers and eligible dependents, will be able to travel for free on Transport for London bus, Tube, tram, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services. The Train Operating Companies have also backed the Mayor in agreeing that war veterans will be able to travel free on their services within Greater London.
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