Increased congestion - Sutton Tramlink Extension

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5084
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the Roads Task Force report which projects a 19% increase in congestion on London's roads by 2030, will you commit to providing greater investment in public transport in boroughs not directly benefiting from major projects such as Crossrail, such as the proposal to extend the tram to Sutton via Morden, to mitigate this increase?

Answer

Answer for Increased congestion - Sutton Tramlink Extension

Answer for Increased congestion - Sutton Tramlink Extension

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are many other improvements beyond Crossrail to improve public transport capacity, quality and connectivity. Such projects will support the continued shift towards more sustainable modes of transport.

TfL's new Business Plan includes provision to expand bus services to cater for continued population growth.  Similarly, many boroughs will benefit from rail and underground capacity enhancements such as the Northern line extension, 5-car trains on London Overground, and the Thameslink national rail upgrade.

I have also confirmed in the TfL business plan that TfL could contribute to an extension of the tram network, subject to a viable business case and sufficient third-party funding, including from the relevant boroughs. TfL is working with both boroughs to examine a number of route options.

While continuing to deliver public transport improvements and measures to achieve a step change in cycling and walking, TfL is also developing measures to manage demand, such as encouraging freight and servicing to be outside congested hours and promoting 'car-lite' development.