Transport strategy
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The Mayor's Transport Strategy

The Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out our transport vision for London. Published in 2010, it details how Transport for London and partners will deliver the plan over the next 20 years.

The goals of the strategy

The strategy has a clear vision for London’s transport system. It should:

  • Surpass those of global cities
  • Provide access to opportunities for all its people and enterprises
  • Achieve the highest environmental standards
  • Lead the world in its approach to tackling the urban transport challenges of the 21st century

The strategy has six key goals...

Support economic development and population growth

Our city is growing fast. London needs a transport system that connects people to jobs and allows people, goods and services to move easily within and through the capital. Around 3.1 million more people – and over 1.4 million more jobs – are expected to live in Greater London by 2050. This will lead to millions more trips each day.

Our plans to meet the transportation needs of this increased population include:

  • Upgrading the Tube to allow more trains to run through the central parts of the city
  • Unprecedented investment plan to modernise the road network
  • Better river and rail services, including Crossrail, Thameslink, and improvements to the DLR

Enhance the quality of life for all Londoners

Transport has a bearing on all of our health and wellbeing. This can be directly, through road collisions and air pollutants, but also indirectly, through stress and physical activity. We’re working to make travel in the capital simpler and more pleasant. 

New trains, stations and buses mean a cleaner and less crowded journey for passengers.  We’re also introducing more journey planning information to make getting from A to B easier for all.

We’re designing and redesigning public spaces to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle. Our efforts in keeping the city’s streets cleaner means we are all benefitting from less clutter, and a better balance for road users. 

The Low Emission Zone, which deters high polluting vehicles, is helping to improve air quality. The Mayor recently set out proposals for a central London Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020.

Improve the safety and security of all Londoners

We want to make sure people feel safe when cycling, walking, driving or using public transport. 

Despite low crime levels on public transport, fear of crime and antisocial behaviour remain barriers to travel for some people. The Mayor is reducing the rate of crime and the fear of crime on our transport network through better policing. We are focusing on times and places when people feel particularly vulnerable, for example, at night. 

The Mayor has also set out plans to improve road safety. Read more about the Road Safety Force

Improve transport opportunities for all Londoners

We are working to make sure our transport system is accessible and easy to use for everyone. 

Hundreds of millions of pounds has been invested over the last few years to ensure that London has the most accessible transport network in the country and one of the most accessible transport networks anywhere in the world. Read more about accessible transport in London.

Tackling deprivation and supporting growth

Some of London’s most deprived areas have poor transport links. Extended lines and new stations will connect some of London’s more isolated areas, particularly in the east of the city.

The London Plan - the Mayor's spatial development strategy – identifies areas that have a greater need for investment as London continues to grow. Transport planning will be at the heart of new developments to make sure that new housing and employment is supported by reliable public transport. Read more about transport investment in growth areas.

Reduce contribution to climate change and improve resilience

We aim to reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025. Cleaning up our transport system is a major part of this effort.  Measures include:

  • Encouraging walking and cycling as a green way to travel
  • Speeding up the introduction of low carbon road vehicles, including electric vehicles and the next generation of buses
  • Introducing regenerative braking as part of tube improvements, saving up to 25% of electricity used
  • Tightening the standards of the Low Emission Zone and introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone