On 10 May 2010, following extensive consultation, the Mayor published his Transport Strategy which sets out plans for improving our city’s transport over the next 20 years.
The strategy has a clear vision: London’s transport system should excel among those of global cities, providing access to opportunities for all its people and enterprises, achieving the highest environmental standards and leading the world in its approach to tackling urban transport challenges of the 21st century.
The strategy has six key goals:
- support economic development and population growth
- enhance the quality of life for all Londoners
- improve the safety and security of all Londoners
- improve transport opportunities for all Londoners
- reduce transport’s contribution to climate change and improve its resilience
- support delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its legacy
Two-year snapshot: what we've delivered so far
Since the Mayor came into office, we've delivered the following for London's transport:
Bendy buses going, going…gone
Bendy buses have been taken off London's streets - the final route to be operated was the 207 between Hayes and White City, which ended in December 2011. He also committed to launching a new bus in London (external website). The first of these entered service in February 2012; a Routemaster for the 21st century (external website).
Oysterising the rail and river
As part of the Mayor's vision to make travel in London easier and more convenient, we have Oysterised the rail network and the Thames Clipper services (external website).
Making better use of the river
Oysterising the river is just the start of the Mayor's vision to increasing transport on the Thames. The Mayor and Transport for London launched a River Action Plan in February 2013 in order to increase the number of passengers travelling on the Thames.
In summer 2010, the London Cycle Hire Scheme was launched with 6,000 shiny new bicycles for hire from 400 docking stations across eight boroughs, the City, and the Royal Parks. To help you get from A to B on your cycle, new Cycle Superhighways (external website) are being built and making cycling safer.
Transforming the Tube
We're transforming the Tube (external website) with a programme of upgrades that will increase capacity by 30 per cent and lead to more trains and faster journeys. This will be achieved despite the delays caused by difficulties with the contracts we have with the private sector companies delivering them.
Crossrail will increase London's rail capacity by a further 10 per cent when it launches in 2017. It's the biggest civil engineering project in Europe and will finally give an express rail service direct from the west to the east of London, straight through the centre - including vital links into Heathrow and Canary Wharf.
We're increasing capacity on the DLR by 50 per cent (external website) in order to meet its expected growth in demand from 68 million passengers now, to 83 million in 2012.
We've installed iBus technology on all of London's 8,000 buses (external website) to provide on-board next stop visual displays and audio announcements. But that's just the beginning - we have mobile and web information for people to find out exactly when their next bus is due so that you can keep your time waiting at the bus stop to a minimum. Find out more about how we're investing in London's buses.
Much of the congestion on London's roads is caused by road works and the Mayor is committed to bringing better coordination and planning to these works across the capital. As a start, he agreed a formal Code of Conduct (external website) between utility companies and Transport for London, which requires companies to minimise the impacts of road works on traffic flow. One of the Mayor's goals was to implement a lane rental scheme, by which utility companies are charged for how long a road is dug up. In 2012, London became the first city in the UK with such a scheme.
Fewer traffic lights
There are now nearly 6,000 traffic lights in London. The Mayor has asked Transport for London to review the timings of every traffic light in the capital to ensure they provide the maximum possible time for vehicles whilst still enabling pedestrians to cross safely. He's also asked them to work with boroughs to remove unnecessary traffic signals - for example, all of those that can be replaced with mini roundabouts or simple give way signs. The Mayor is also lobbying the Department for Transport to allow countdown information on traffic lights at pedestrian crossings (external website).