Travel in London

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2012-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0030
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Question

How do you intend to make travel in London more renewable and sustainable?

Answer

Answer for Travel in London

Answer for Travel in London

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

My Air Quality Strategy laid out proposals to tackle air pollution to help improve health and to meet the European Union's air quality targets. This, alongside my Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy, has helped inform Londoners of my intention to make travel in the capital more renewable and sustainable than ever before.

TfL has been undertaking record investment in cycling and manages one of the largest Low Emissions Zones in the world, with stringent standards designed to promote cleaner vehicle fleets and sustainable travel. This is in addition to new licensing age limits placed on taxi and private hire vehicles and a large scale investment in alternative fuel technology, including London's bus fleet and electric vehicles. The congestion charge scheme discount incentivises the uptake of the cleanest of vehicles.

I will continue to work with TfL, the boroughs and the private sector, to continue to trial innovative transport measures that will succeed in creating a safe and clean environment across the capital. To compliment investment in infrastructure and the public sector fleet, TfL will continue to promote the benefit of mode shift to public transport, assist drivers to maximise the operational efficiency of their vehicles and maintain journey time reliability for all users of the road network.

The 2012 Games provides London with a unique opportunity to demonstrate how people can travel in the capital efficiently using sustainable transport. I intend to maximise the lessons learnt from these measures and how they can be developed into a lasting legacy for Londoners.