Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You say the others are small changes but they do make a point about minimising the need to travel. You previously admitted when you were being scrutinised by the Assembly's Planning Committee that the London Plan would lead to an increase, rather than a decrease, in the need to travel. Also, in evidence to the EIP, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that the average trip made per person in the morning peak would rise by 13% by 2016, which is quite a significant increase in people's travelling. This is not a minor point; this is surely a major point, is it not?

Answer

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I suspect if we plot back over the last 50 years, people's patterns of travel have been transformed. People now travel much more for social reasons; they are much more likely to have a long journey to work. If you go back to the post-war period, a much higher proportion of people walked to work or cycled to work and a much more even distribution of jobs around London made that possible.

We have just been through this incredible shift in employment with the loss of 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, which were London-wide, and their replacement by 600,000 in finance and business, which have been concentrated around the centre. Now, I think you and I might agree that if we could make the world as we would wish, we might have preferred to go down a different road but this is clearly now the dominant employment pattern in London. We would be fools to ignore it.

What we do seek to do in arguing for mixed development " so housing and employment constructed together, which really does run against the trend on post-war planning that sought to separate these " and mixed-use buildings much more, we are doing what we can to try. This is to make sure that people could live closer to work and, given that these journeys will continue to exist, to try and put the transport infrastructure in " our total package that we are bidding for with the Government is most probably going to be of the order of £26 billion over the decade " so that as they travel they use public transport rather than cars.