The environment is a priority area for you, ranked as the 4th highest area for improvement. Clean air is your biggest concern, with two thirds of you dissatisfied with air quality (67%). Your next biggest concern is the provision of low carbon and renewable energy sources, followed by reducing waste and increasing recycling.
In the Priorities for Londoners survey, you ranked transport as London's third highest performing area overall, behind culture and sport and inclusivity. 44% of you are satisfied with the city’s transport offer. You are most satisfied with the frequency, safety and reliability of public transport; meanwhile, affordability and the provision of greener public transport are your two biggest areas for improvement.
Over the last three years:
- The Mayor has frozen Transport for London (TfL) fares for the fourth year running, and introduced the unlimited Hopper bus fare
- The ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) has been introduced, with the aim of reducing air pollution and congestion in central London. The first stage of the ULEZ is already having real impacts on air quality, with roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution reducing by around a third in the central London zone
This budget proposes:
- An increase of £2.11 million for the GLA’s Environment Budget, allowing City Hall to focus on air quality; establishing London as a National Park City; taking steps towards London becoming a zero carbon and zero waste city by 2050; and improving resilience to the effects of climate change
- Tightening the Low Emission Zone standards in October 2020, and expanding the successful central London ULEZ in October 2021 - the toughest air quality standard of any city in the world - to cover all roads within the North and South Circular
- Ensure London, as the world’s first National Park City, is greener in 2050 than it is today, including investing in improving green space, greening the built environment and planting more trees to increase tree cover
- Continuing the electrification of London buses, with more than 2,000 zero emission buses by end of 2024 and all buses zero-emission by 2037 at the latest
- Supporting TfL’s aim for all its rail services to be 100 per cent carbon free by 2030
- Following a two-year pause, proactive renewal of roads and paving to take place with a focus on improving walking, cycling and public transport
- Introducing new services on the Northern line extension to Battersea and the Barking Riverside extension on the London Overground
- Completing the signalling upgrade and increasing capacity by 33 per cent on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District lines
Tell us what you think of the spending plans for the environment, transport and clean air in the discussion below.