Central London traffic speeds

MQT on 2008-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2008
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What specific proposals do you have for avoiding gridlock and increasing current traffic speeds in the Central Zone: in particular de-congesting The Strand and other approaches to Trafalgar Square?


Answer for Central London traffic speeds

Answer for Central London traffic speeds

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In partnership with boroughs and utilities, TfL is running several pilot projects in central London, which have been successful in reducing the number and duration of works in major programmes. The projects will also reduce the need to dig up the roads in the future. I have already negotiated a deal with Thames Water to reduce the impact of their roadworks on traffic in London. This should allow London's traffic to move more freely and reduce congestion across the capital. I also intend to re-phase the traffic lights to enable traffic to flow more smoothly. London is seeking to introduce a common permit scheme, which will enable us to more effectively manage roadworks and reduce disruption. There is an application to Government to use new powers in the Traffic Management Act, to require a Permit to be negotiated in advance for works. There will be 14 boroughs plus TfL implementing a permitting scheme in the first phase by October 2008, with nine further boroughs aiming to go live on 1 April 2009, followed by the final five boroughs on 1 October 2009.