Better Bankside are delighted to submit a response to the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy (MTS). Published by the Mayor of London, the MTS sets out policies and proposals which seek to reshape transport in London over the next 25 years.
About the MTS
The MTS seeks to rebalance London’s streetscape through improving the transport network, focusing on sustainable travel, addressing the growing freight-related challenges and improving air quality.
There are three key themes that make up the strategy:
- Healthy Streets and Healthy People: Streets for people, where walking, cycling and public transport use are encouraged over other forms of transport. This will reduce car dependency and associated population health concerns.
- A Good Public Transport Experience: Creating a public transport system that is efficient, reliable and resilient. This will encourage more Londoners to use public transport and reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets.
- New Homes and Jobs: Unlocking growth areas through strategic transport links to ensure development progresses in a manner which benefits all those who live and work in London.
You can view the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy here.
Better Bankside’s response
We will submit a detailed response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. A high-level summary capturing our key comments is as follows:
- We agree with the key themes and principles outlined in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. We welcome the Healthy Streets approach in creating streets for people, where walking, cycling and public transport use are central to creating a healthy city.
- We welcome the focus on increasing the walking, cycling and public transport mode share in central London, and the increased focused over other mode types. We also welcome the acknowledgment that the urban realm plays an essential role in creating a sense of place and promoting sustainable travel.
- The MTS rightfully acknowledges that the presence of freight has increased significantly in central London due to business-related and personal deliveries. We support the proposed strategies for reducing the impact of freight across the central London network, especially in Bankside.
- We agree that air quality is a concern for those who work and live in central London and support the majority of proposals put forward within the MTS to improve local air quality, including freight reduction strategies, construction mitigation plans, etc.
- We would welcome acknowledgement regarding the role of BIDs in delivering transformative urban realm schemes, as well as programmes that work to achieve the key themes and principles set out in MTS.
- We would welcome additional information on how BIDs and the Mayor (through TfL) can continue to develop a close working relationship in order to further develop and deliver innovative and transformative programmes that benefit central London businesses.
- We welcome additional information on how the Mayor will address the role taxis, coaches, autonomous vehicles in central London and how they fit within the key theme of ‘A Good Public Transport Experience’.
If you have any questions on Better Bankside’s MTS response, or the consultation in general, please do not hesitate to mc [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: MTS%20Response) (contact us).
The MTS consultation closes on 2 October 2017.
Following analysis and consideration of all responses received, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy will be revised accordingly and be published in 2018.