London’s transport network needs to evolve as the city grows suggests Transport Committee report

London’s transport network needs to evolve as the city grows and the living and working patterns of Londoners change, according to the capital’s Transport Committee. The Transport Committee report, 'Transport Now and in the Future', summarises five key areas for the Mayor of London to focus on, in order to ensure London stays a city where the provision of the current transport network and future innovations in transport benefit Londoners.

Key findings and recommendations of the report include:

  • The Mayor should lobby the Government for more clarity over electric vehicle infrastructure and work to support harmonisation of charging networks in London.

  • A metro-style suburban rail service is a high priority for Londoners, and the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) should continue to lobby for the devolution of suburban rail franchises.

  • The Mayor and TfL should lobby the Government to carry out a review of micro-mobility vehicles urgently.

  • The Mayor and TfL should continue to work with London Councils and boroughs on a draft byelaw for the regulation of dockless bikes and other dockless vehicles, with specific regard to adequate parking space and avoiding pedestrian and road obstruction.

  • A wide range of public transport and active travel solutions are required to improve orbital transport in outer London. The changing nature of freight needs to be managed if the impact on Londoners is to be minimised.

Navin Shah AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, said: “London’s population is growing, and the way people live, work, shop and entertain themselves is changing. “The transport system needs to adapt quickly if it is to truly serve the needs of Londoners. This is not an easy job, and the Mayor has an important role to play in making it happen. “We should encourage the use of public transport and walking and cycling whenever and wherever possible. It should be just as easy to travel around in outer London, as it is in inner London. But that means we need to invest in the right infrastructure, organise the transport system more efficiently and make sure we are keeping pace with new innovations and technologies.”

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