The road network

Roads Task Force

The Roads Task Force (RTF) was set up by the Mayor in 2012 to tackle the challenges facing London's streets and roads. The RTF undertook the first major strategic review of London’s road network for a generation. 

London’s 13,600km of roads are vital to the UK economy. Every day, 30 million journey stages are made in the capital, with 80 per cent taking place on the roads. That figure includes not just motorists, but also bus journeys, cycling trips, walking and most freight trips. 

Offering an efficient and effective road network is essential to support London’s continuing success as a vibrant and internationally competitive city. With the forecasted population increase, our road network will suffer from more congestion, worsening reliability and a declining environmental and safety performance if we do not take action.

The RTF looked at how TfL and the boroughs could redesign gyratories and congestion blackspots, make journeys more reliable and continue to make roads safer for all users. It also looked at how the road network could better serve local communities, helping to transform the urban realm, cut pollution and ease congestion across the capital.

The RTF report set out a clear vision of ‘world-class streets and roads in London, fit for the future’. Supporting that vision is a strategic framework, which recognises the many different functions our streets and public spaces perform. It highlights the need to address congestion and meet growth while accommodating more walking and cycling, and improving public spaces. And it notes the importance of a longer-term strategy for investment in London’s roads to achieve this.

The Mayor and TfL are now working closely with the  RTF to address the challenges and deliver the vision. That’s why an unparalleled £4bn of investment in London’s roads over the next ten years has been identified. This represents a wholesale upgrade of the road network with solutions appropriate to the locality.

The final report and TfL's response can be found here.

Implemeting a Road Safety Plan

Making our streets safe for all who use them is essential to improving life in the capital. This is why in 2013 the Mayor and TfL published Safe Streets for London – an ambitious and comprehensive plan to make the roads safer for everyone who uses them. 

Over the course of this decade, we will reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads by 40 per cent, with the ultimate goal being the total elimination of death and serious injury on our streets.

In February 2014 the Mayor, along with TfL, set out six road safety commitments for London. Our intention is to build on the road safety action plan, Safe Streets for London and bring focus to the range of activity needed by us and our partners to make our streets safer. This includes:

  • Leading the way in achieving a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the capital’s roads by 2020
  • Prioritising the safety of the most vulnerable groups - pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists - who make up less than a quarter of daily journeys in London and yet account for 80 per cent of those killed and seriously injured on the capital’s streets
  • Providing substantial funding for road safety schemes
  • Increasing efforts with the police and enforcement agencies in tackling illegal, dangerous and careless road user behaviour that puts people at risk
  • Campaigning for changes in national and EU law to make roads, vehicles and drivers safer
  • Working in partnership with boroughs and London’s road safety stakeholders to spread best practice and share data and information

Although we are taking the lead to make roads safer, we cannot achieve these commitments alone. Over the coming months and years we will continue to work with our partners to keep up the pace of innovation and change that is needed to tackle this vital issue.