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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th April 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

The Centre for London, in their recent report on Building for a New Urban Mobility claims that:

"Sadiq Khan set an objective to increase the share of public transport, walking & cycling from 65% today to 80% in 2041. Based on the rate of progress in the last 5 years, our forecast indicates that London will only reach the 80 per cent target in 2070."

Clearly with your new 2030 carbon neutrality target you're going to have to move even faster to reduce driving and increase that share for walking, cycling, and public transport. What new policies are you going to bring in to make sure that you hit your target?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Transport Strategy sets out how we will achieve my vision for 80 per cent of trips in London to be on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041. The policies and schemes set out in it will help to create a transport network that provides viable and attractive alternatives that allows Londoners to reduce their dependency on cars. It includes a range of policies to encourage more walking and cycling, ensuring public transport fares are affordable and, along with the London Plan, a focus on ensuring new developments allow a greater proportion of people to live in locations that are well connected to jobs and opportunities by walking, cycling or using public transport. You can find my Transport Strategy here https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mayors-transport-strategy-2018.pdf

In the shorter term, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Business Plan sets out how the number of trips made by active, efficient and sustainable modes will increase to around 65 per cent by 2024. You can read TfL’s latest Business Plan here http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-business-plan-2019.pdf.

To achieve the improvements that London needs, it is essential that TfL has certainty over long-term steady and sustained government investment that will allow it to maintain and improve our public transport network and make it a realistic alternative to the car. I therefore welcome the support of the London Assembly in making this case.