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The road network

By 2030 an extra five million road trips a day will be made in London, on top of the 26 million trips already taking place daily. We’re investing more than £4bn to improve London’s roads through Transport for London (TfL)’s Road Modernisation Plan.

Road Modernisation Plan

The plan is a consolidation of a number of programmes and initiatives, including TfL’s responses to the Roads Task Force and the Mayor's Vision for Cycling. It will deliver hundreds of projects to support new jobs and homes, and make London's roads more reliable, safer and greener.

The plan includes:

  • 17 major road schemes to create better public spaces and support redevelopment and economic growth
  • 33 improvements to London's busiest junctions, making them safer and more attractive for vulnerable road users
  • Four new Cycle Superhighways as well as improvements to four existing routes, to provide safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city
  • Continuing programme of modernising traffic signals and adding pedestrian countdowns to help people get around the city with greater ease
  • Maintenance and modernisation of essential roads, bridges and tunnels

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 journeys 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 declining environmental and safety standards 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. Read the final report and TfL's response.

Implementing 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. 

By 2020, we will reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the Capital's roads by 50 per cent. The previous target of a 40 per cent cut, compared with the government baseline, was met five years early. Our ultimate goal is 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 Safe Streets for London road safety action plan,  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.  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.