Mayor's £30 billion road plan

The Mayor's Roads Task Force has published a report which sets out a bold new vision for the future of London's roads and streets,

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Successful cities are being measured on the environmental and design

Plan incorporates the best examples of street management from around the world Credit: BBC/ITN

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."


Plan includes 'smarter charging' for roads, including tolls

Plan includes 'smarter charging' for roads, including tolling Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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;

Mayor wants more area-wide 20 mph zones Credit: Stephen Kelly/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Major plans for Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street

Boris Johnson at a press photocall this morning Credit: ITN

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.

New look for Elephant & Castle

The announcement includes plans to gentrify the Elephant and Castle roundabout.

Boris's vision for Elephant and Castle Credit: ITN

Here's an image of what it's like now:

The Elephant and Castle roundabout as it is now Credit: ITN

And what it will look like after the multi million pound refit:

An artist's impression of the new look Elephant and Castle Credit: ITN


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