The independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets was convened by Centre for London, the capital’s dedicated think tank, and chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England. The Commission’s aim was to develop new thinking on what London could do to manage the conflicting pressures on the capital’s surface transport system and public realm.
The Commission’s final report, published today, calls on the Mayor to make more efficient use of London’s finite road network by focusing his efforts on creating a transport system centred on public transport, walking and cycling, and making the most of new technology.
The Commission recognises that public budgets are tight but argues that money raised through reform of parking and road user charges should be invested in improving London’s public realm and making it more walkable. It also calls for boroughs to take a ‘design-led’ approach to road maintenance and traffic engineering work, rather than seeing these as purely engineering challenges.