Deputy Mayor for Transport tells London taxi representatives bus and cycling demands are priority

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, has written to London’s taxi representatives after concerns were raised over current road schemes which have seen a number of streets and areas limited to only bus and cycle use.

In a letter dated 23 June, Alexander said: “Buses will remain a very important way of moving people around central London, albeit at reduced capacity, and TfL needs to take steps to ensure that bus journey times are maintained.”

She went on to add that the demand for cycling is expected to increase by as much as 10-fold, meaning more road space is going to be required in order to provide a safe network.

”All these demands mean that other traffic may need to be prohibited or restricted,” Alexander added.

The letter also states that Transport for London (TfL) will consider any impact of the proposed zones on groups protected under the equality impact assessment, which will include consideration of people’s mobility needs and take mitigatory measures where appropriate.

To conclude, Alexander said communication with the taxi trade will continue regarding the proposed changes as and when plans develop so they can work together to identify the best approach.

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