Transport Watchdog urges passengers and others to have their say on the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy30 August 2017
The Mayor of London is consulting on a new Transport Strategy for London. London TravelWatch is urging passengers and other users of London’s transport networks to have their say before the closing date of 2 October 2017.
'Many of the things that are important for transport users were set out in our Transport Users Priorities document produced ahead of the last Mayoral election. We are pleased the Mayor has listened and taken many of them on board in his draft strategy. However, it is now really important for transport users in London to say what they think about what is proposed,' said Stephen Locke, Chair of London TravelWatch.
Stephen continued: 'London TravelWatch very much welcomes some of the most important priorities set out in the strategy. For example:
- delivering Crossrail 2, the Bakerloo Line extension and other major increases in rail and Underground capacity. Rapid progress with these improvements is vital if London is to accommodate its growing population and to tackle major capacity shortages
- further priority for bus services on London’s streets. A much higher priority for buses is crucial if London’s limited road space is to be best used to keep London moving. To deliver this, a major initiative on reducing traffic congestion is needed, including a detailed assessment of the options for charging for road use
- the recognition that walking has a big role to play in getting more Londoners active and reducing the pressure on transport networks. Much of the detailed work needed to improve London as a walking city is described in the plan and has been promoted by London TravelWatch
- enabling more Londoners to cycle and generally improving the safety of London’s streets
- support for Transport for London to manage more of London’s rail services
- better information to enable users to adjust their plans as they travel, along with better interchange and a programme of accessibility improvements
- a simpler and affordable fares structure.’
Meanwhile there are some needed improvements not included in the draft strategy. London TravelWatch will continue to press for these:
- we particularly want to see accessible bus stops on ‘hail and ride’ routes so all bus services can be accessed by wheelchair users
- a programme of development for medium scale rail lines and stations such as enhancing the Brixton and Lewisham station interchanges, as set out in our report on infrastructure improvements
- a clear strategy for improving local walking and cycling access to outer London stations as part of linked public transport journeys
- targets for improving the management and maintenance of London pavements and street surfaces
- improvements in customer service on public transport, particularly for season ticket holders, to encourage modal shift and give better value for money for consumers.
- London TravelWatch is the operating name for the London Transport Users Committee. We are the official watchdog representing the interests of transport users in and around London, and independent of the transport operators and government. London TravelWatch is sponsored and funded by the London Assembly, part of the Greater London Authority.
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- For more information, please contact the London TravelWatch press office on 020 3176 5941 or 07734 055494.