The Mayor of London’s Roads Task Force (RTF) has published a ‘bold new vision’ for the future of London’s roads and streets.
The RTF was set up in July 2012 to develop a long-term strategy for roads and to demonstrate a commitment to major investment in street management and urban design.
The RTF has spent the past 12-months studying the challenges facing London’s roads and looking at the best examples of street management and urban design across the globe.
Its vision for London includes: roofing over arterial roads to create new surface space and reconnect severed communities; shifting HGVs and freight to out of peak hours and making more deliveries by van, bike or powered two wheeler; encouraging a greater shift to more sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and powered two wheelers and new capacity for these modes, including dedicated bridges and lanes; and more area-wide 20mph zones to “improve liveability and safety”.
The RTF estimates that delivery of the vision will require substantial, long-term investment of at least £30bn over the next 20 years.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said: “I welcome the Roads Task Force report and the bold approach it proposes for London’s 21st century roads and streets.
“It is in tune with my 2020 Vision, our plans on cycling and for investment in London’s roads and streets.”
The report has been welcomed by the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign. Jeremy Leach, 20’s Plenty London coordinator, said: “London has come a long way on slower speeds this year.
“The Task Force stresses the importance of 20mph to encourage Londoners to walk and cycle. It would be great to see the Task Force’s vision embraced by TfL, and TfL to commit to 20mph on far more roads in urban London in its action plan.
Click here to download the RTF report.