Luxembourg recently became the first country to provide free public transport. As you know London has high levels of air pollution which have a devastating effect on health, especially children and the infirm, many of which come from vehicles. What lessons are there for improving population health in London and the UK from Luxembourg’s bold leadership in this field?
Cleaning up London’s lethal air, which results in thousands of premature deaths, is one of my top priorities as Mayor. It is why I have taken bold action such as introducing the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London – which has cut toxic pollution by a third.
I am also determined to ensure public transport fares are affordable. I delivered on my promises of a 4 year Transport for London (TfL) fares freeze and the introduction of the Hopper fare, both of which are vital parts of encouraging more people out of cars and onto cleaner public transport.
I am always interested in learning what other cities are doing to improve air quality, however, the passenger income TfL receives goes toward the cost of the day-to-day-operation of transport services and capital investment to improve them. It is vital in ensuring that TfL can provide safe, efficient public transport services. These public transport services, together with the provision for walking and cycling, provide the alternatives to car use that are needed to improve air quality and people’s health.