Policy 6.2 Providing public transport capacity



A  The Mayor will work with strategic partners to:

a  improve the integration, reliability, quality, accessibility, frequency, attractiveness and environmental performance of the public transport system

b  co-ordinate measures to ensure that the transport network, now and in the future, is as safe and secure as reasonably practicable

c  increase the capacity of public transport in London over the Plan period by securing funding for and implementing the schemes and improvements set out in Table 6.1.

Planning decisions

B    Development proposals that do not provide adequate safeguarding for the schemes outlined in Table 6.1 should be refused.


C  Boroughs and any other relevant partners must ensure the provision of sufficient land, suitably located, for the development of an expanded transport system to serve London’s needs by:

a  safeguarding in DPDs existing land used for transport or support functions unless alternative facilities are provided that enables existing transport operations to be maintained

b  identifying and safeguarding in DPDs sites, land and route alignments to implement transport proposals that have a reasonable prospect of provision, including those identified in Table 6.1

Supporting text

6.12  Travel by public transport needs to be improved to increase its appeal relative to the car, and the objectives set out in Policy 6.2 need to be addressed to improve the attractiveness of the current and future network for passengers. Boroughs need to safeguard the current range of land in transport uses and allocate land in their relevant development plan documents so that the schemes in Table 6.1 can be implemented. Paragraph 41 of the NPPF is clear that boroughs should identify and protect, where there is robust evidence, sites and routes which could be critical in developing infrastructure to widen transport choice, and inclusion in the table should be taken as evidence that this is the case. Boroughs who have all or part of any of the transport schemes identified in Table 6.1 of the Plan in their area should check their status with TfL before they bring forward relevant DPDs so they can assess what degree of safeguarding they should put in their plans.

6.13  Securing the land needed for transport (for a range of purposes, from ventilation shafts to facilities for bus drivers), and protecting it from development, has proved difficult in London. This pressure had been felt most in the places where land is most required. Release of this transport land should only occur in consultation with the relevant transport organisations, and where alternative transport uses for the site concerned have been fully explored. The Mayor has issued supplementary guidance on Land for Industry and Transport.[1]

[1] Mayor of London. Land for Industry and Transport SPG. GLA. 2012

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