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How to tackle congestion on London’s roads

In recent weeks many of our members have raised concerns with us about the growing problem of congestion on London’s roads.

Drawing on your comments and suggestions we have developed a congestion action plan for the next Mayor, which featured recently in City AM.

It outlines five main proposals:

  • Press on with plans for new river crossings east of Tower Bridge, starting with the Silvertown Tunnel.
  • Resolve whether we’re serious about building new roads in London. If we aren’t going to tackle congestion by building new roads underground, the only alternative will be to manage demand.
  • Give road users a break. A flurry of construction is transforming London’s cycling infrastructure and public space, but roads users are feeling the impact of a massive increase in planned roadworks which have left parts of the capital in gridlock. TfL needs to smooth out its roads programme and ease off on the roadworks.
  • A plan for freight. The new mayor needs to work with business and London’s boroughs to find ways of shifting deliveries to quieter times of day.
  • London needs to revisit the congestion charge – and reconfigure it for the challenges of today. Reducing congestion will also help improve London’s air quality.

The last of these proposals – for a reinvigorated congestion charge – was picked up in yesterday’s Evening Standard, which backed the idea in its main leader column. We have also debated the proposal on LBC and London Live, it was the subject of a radio phone-in on BBC Radio London, and it was featured on BBC1’s London News.

We will now be discussing these ideas for tackling congestion with the Mayoral candidates and their teams to ensure that they grasp the need to develop a comprehensive roads plan should they be elected to office.

We will also continue to develop these options further over the coming months and would welcome further input from our members.

If you are interested in being involved in further work on tackling road congestion then please contact David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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