This week saw another day of pollution alerts and the
continued outcry at the loss of Uber’s taxi license.
Transport is all over the news and it’s clear that the Mayor
of London needs to make some big decisions.
This is why Team London Bridge has brought together 15 other
central London BIDs to form a joint response to the Mayor’s
Transport Strategy (MTS). Through unity comes strength, and we can ensure
that the voices of over 5,000 businesses across Central London are heard - from
Paddington to Victoria, from the West End to London Bridge.
The MTS sets out a vision for the next 25 years. Overall,
the BIDs are strongly supportive of the vision, including emphases on reducing motor
traffic, tackling poor air quality, and improving walking and cycling through
an approach to ‘Healthy Streets’
The BIDs are very supportive of the target for 80% of all
trips to be by walking, cycling and public transport (currently 64%). But
actually, in Central London, we are surely already at that level – just
look at Tooley Street every morning - so we would like to go further. Transport
investment is also about the quality of public realm – we would like to see context
specific design and visual amenity to support great placeshaping and high footfall.
We would like a review of the sheer volume of vehicles in
Central London – whether buses, taxis and coaches and freight. The ‘hopper’
fare has changed the way people can use buses. Consolidation centres can help
reduce freight and ‘click and collect’ centres can reduce the growing impact of
Zero emission vehicles for buses and taxis are a must – and
we’d like a new fleet within the next Mayoral term.
We agree a new road pricing scheme, with differential
charges for different types of traffic and at different times of day, could
help deliver a lot of the aims. And applying a ‘Healthy Streets’ approach to
decision making can help create the safe, attractive and clean environment that
is vital for the long-term business success of Central London.
At London Bridge we are working hard with our partners to
create a distinctive and unique environment around a world class station. A supportive
policy framework will help pave the way.
To make your own response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy,
here (deadline 2 October).
The draft of Central London BID joint response is here
Map showing the areas covered by the BIDs
endorsing this joint response (not including Cheapside)