- 80 per cent of all trips made by people are on roads
- 90 per cent of all goods moved in London every day are on roads
- Streets also account for 80 per of London’s public spaces
The plan has been the result of studying the challenges facing London’s roads and the best examples of street management and urban design across the globe.
Its mission statement says:
"Increasingly, successful world cities are being measured on the environmental and design quality of their public space.
The RTF calls for major investment to support not just the efficient and reliable movement of people and goods, but high quality roads, public spaces and revitalised high streets to improve the liveability of the capital and ensure it remains attractive and competitive among world cities."
The Mayor's Roads Task Force’s plans include:
1.A world class public realm and re-imagined iconic streets and places, for example London Bridge, Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and King’s Cross and in high streets, new developments and quarters across the capital;
2.Roofing over arterial roads to create new surface space, reconnecting severed communities, while providing for strategically important freight and business traffic;
3.Changing the way goods and services are delivered, for example shifting HGVs and freight out of peak hours as seen during the London 2012 Games and switching deliveries to vans, bikes or powered two wheelers;
4.Embracing ‘next generation’ travel demand, to encourage a greater shift to more sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and powered two wheelers;
5.Efficient road links and tackling junction ‘pinch points’, which will support businesses, including tradesmen and small businesses reliant on vans, as well as access to suppliers and markets;
6.Even greater use of intelligent systems and technology, to reduce delays at traffic signals, smooth traffic flows and provide road users with the best possible real-time information to help plan journeys;
7.Enhanced road links and connectivity including new river crossings, to support new developments and unlock thousands of new homes;
8.Smarter charging for the use of road space, including tolling for new infrastructure;
9.New capacity for sustainable modes, including bridges for walking and cycling and more dedicated lanes;
10.More area-wide 20mph zones, to improve liveability and safety;
11.High levels of accessibility across transport modes, including recognising the role of the car particularly in outer London;
12.Good quality parking, for cars, bikes, Blue Badge holders and powered two wheelers; and,
13.Village-style streets in new developments, with good access for buses, walking, cycling and freight and ‘car-lite’ development.
For more information, visit TfL's website.
The Mayor's Roads Task Force report aims to ensure the capital can cope with major population growth, support jobs and thousands of new homes in the coming years.
The ambitious £30 billion road improvement plan for London was produced by a task force set up by Mayor Boris Johnson.
The 20-year vision includes improvement to the North and South Circular roads, new "flyunders" and major schemes at Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street.
There are also plans for improved bus services, more 20 mph zones, and proposals to improve cycling and walking.
The announcement includes plans to gentrify the Elephant and Castle roundabout.
Here's an image of what it's like now:
And what it will look like after the multi million pound refit: