The London transport system is under pressure. What are your ideas for keeping London moving?
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A network of car free routes would make all the difference.
Could become linear parks.
I have a suggestion to include Santander cycles in the modes of transport covered by daily and weekly capping by Oyster and contactless as well as to all travel cards. This will address The Mayor's plans for increasing the levels of active travel and reducing air pollution alongside reducing the pressures on the transport system. Having an option of travelling short distances by bike rather than on a bus could encourage more physical activity, especially in currently inactive population groups. All of this could potentially reap large health benefits through reduction in traffic congestion, improvement of air quality, increasing population levels of physical activity and the elusive (albeit important) feeling of wellbeing.
You have to ensure though that it is easy to switch modes, i.e. that cycles' terminals accept contactless and oysters as a part of daily/weekly cap or a travel card. A major public campaign to inform people would be helpful.
In the centre of London cycling damages health - ensures that the toxic exhaust particles enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain. It is also still very dangerous, and will become more so when Oxford St is pedestrianised as the traffic, including buses, cabs and delivery vans, will be clogging up all the residential side streets in the centre.
How about some left-field suggestions?
1, Incentivise the non-use of cars for commuting. Tax breaks or restrictive parking.
2, Ban parents from delivering any able-bodied child to school by car.
3, Restrict the development of out-of-town shopping developments. This also has the benefit of promoting/saving our remaining high streets.
4, Encourage people to shop smaller and more often.
So how do these help the London transport system?
1, Removes cars from the system.
2, Removes cars from the system and will also help tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.
3, Out of town shopping centres only work properly if you use a car.
4, If you decide what you want for tea, that shows my Northern origins, during the day, you only need to do a small shop. Your food will be fresher, healthier and you won't need a car to get it home. All you need is a folding shopping bag and the basics in your kitchen cupboards.
For number 4 to work properly we will have to reintroduce Home Economics to the school curriculum first. We have too many people, sometimes 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation who do not know how to plan and cook a balanced meal from scratch. I despair when I look in peoples shopping trolleys at the supermarket.
That should widen the debate.
I use the Santander Cycle Hire Mon- Fri in conjunction with a Bus Journey, for me this is far quicker and cheaper than using my Car. However my partner is a Community Nurse and she travels 10+ miles to a client so not so useful. Her (and many more I suspect) big problem is when there is an accident or broken down vehicle. The Police (who otherwise I have a great admiration for) seem to regard reopening the road as an inconvenience. Surely once a situation is made safe, the priority should be traffic management, not "preserving the scene" Once any injured people have been attended to, get any obstruction moved (even to the side of the road) and get traffic moving again!
Yes you are quite right. This seesm to be a new thing and causes traffic standstill for way longer than necessary. I have been sat on a bus half an hour with it unable to take any diversion just waiting for them to open the road. There was no obstuction at all other than the police vehicles closing it. They need to be challenged on this.
I am astonished how many people seem to think the tube barriers need to close after the person in front of them before they can swipe through. It doubles the amount of time to get through them and there are big crushes at some stations up to the barriers at peak times. Some public eduction videos?
Tube terminus linking bus services. Express buses that go from the end of one tube line to the end of the next, all around London, so that if you need to travel from say Cockfosters to Walthamstow Central you can go across and not have to come more central and then go out again. I think people will like the quieter option.
What about encouraging businesses to allow working from home or local offices so people won't have to commute to work everyday?
Another idea is to make 'work and sleep' places a little like hostels, basically for young office workers, who could cheaply stay close to central London from Monday to Friday and go home for the weekend.
Third idea: There is no space on the ground and under, so go over like in Tokyo with trains running over streets and building.
Most residential tenancies forbid the use as business premises, so could some changes be made here to at least allow some home working? E.g. Not more than 50% use as a business premise? Could be by floor space or by hours if youbwanted to get into details, or ust open it up entirely? Could be incorporated into planning and taken on board by RSL's?
Working from home was being encouraged a couple of decades back, and clearly has not been taken up enough. There are already a few work and sleep places I think, but costs are prohibitive in central London, where developers make more from luxury flats for rich overseas buyers. And no, we don't need trains roaring by a few feet from our windows or above our heads, regardless of what Tokyo residents are prepared to put up with. The noise and air pollution would be dramatically health damaging.
Make maximum use of the river for passenger and freight transport wherever possible. Keep lorries to a minimum on the roads by using the river, and relieve buses and trains by ensuring maximum people travel by river if they can. Don't slow the great progress made by Mayor Boris Johnson
This is a good idea. I am thinking of the transport system in Venice...
I believe one of the reasons the London Docks - from St Katherine's near the tower and moving east - kept being closed down and moved further out is because the roads couldn't take the traffic to and from the docks. It is great to use the river but you still need to get stuff from the river to all the other places that need it. It isn't just about transport but distribution as well.
Redevelop suburban centres to greater density with many more central London attractions so fewer people come into the centre of London.
I live in the suburbs but the problem is the bus capacity at certain times - but yes I agree and any redevelopment/improvements should look at public transport first, rather than road and cycle schemes that they are obsessed with in my (outer London) borough.
Buses are contatantly running behind in South West London, around Kingston-Putney area in particular. All too often have I waited 40+minutes for a bus which is meant to come every 10mintes; this isn't always down to the traffic it seems, as other buses may be coming and going. It is also hard to top-up your Oyster card in many areas; making it impossible to travel. Why can't there be Oyster top-up machines in more locations; at more bus stops, on buses, or give incentives to more shops to have the machines on site or at the desk. It is cheaper, easier and quicker to use other modes of transport than the bus servies often.
Scrap the Freedom Pass for anyone under 65 still in employment (F/T or P/T) unless also registered as severely disabled and therefore needing the pass to get to work. Also make it "means tested" with cap set at income/salary of less than £25K - no-one earning more than this needs help with fares, regardless of their disability or other circumstances! It is currently given out way too freely, including to much younger people (under disability legislation maybe?), many of whom are physically active and therefore clearly do not need this as an additional "benefit" to what central government can already give them in State handouts. Any savings could be ploughed into keeping fares lower for the rest of us who pay full rate currently, even though we only have a P/T and modest income to fund it from.
Disabled persons travel passes are awarded on the grounds of disability, not economics, just like the OAP pass. It would be wrong to try and means test them on principle, extremely expensive to administer and quite unpopular to add further burdens to the economic difficulties of disabled people who are already having their benefits axed by the DWP. There are many invisible disabilities. There are many health and so ial care benefits to having a travel pass which reduce other health related costs which would be incurred through a less active lifestyle. It is a good investment and a hallmark of a compassionate society. Please do not fall into the populist mythical media rhetoric about benefits scroungers and cpeople who are playing up at being disabled.
More people should be encouraged to use buses even if it means waking up an hour earlier, more school run buses America style, parents create congestion by dropping and picking, more organised walk to school schemes supported by volunteers
This is real problem. My neighbourhood has no chance to get place in any of the borough high schools. But we have place for Calais 'children'.
Shortage of school places means lots of kids can't go to their local schools. The bus that goes past one of my local schools is absolutely heaving at end of school time (including children bringing their scooters as schools encourage them to do so through various schemes, the children don't want to miss out and live too far to scoot all the way there). It is only a hopper style bus which seems crazy - more and bigger buses needed to encourage people to use them. If I had to take my kids to and from school every day on that route and had the choice of using the car I would drive...