Technology is going to be a profound enabler of growth, and the transformational potential of models such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) should be built into the Mayor’s strategy from the outset. From driverless cars to smart ticketing, the speed of change could be unprecedented. The challenge will be around securing funding and finance, and any legislative changes that create the opportunity to drive competitive advantage for London should be pursued.
Connected and Integrated Transport Networks
One of the key aims of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy is that, by 2041, 80 percent of Londoners’ trips will be made on foot, by bike or using public transport.
Expanding the number of different modes of travel available in a city makes an important contribution to its economic and social vitality. In this respect it must form an integral part of the Mayor’s ‘healthy streets for healthy people’ initiative.
However, at the moment there is an incompatibility which can only be addressed by aligning the aims of the transport strategy with local regeneration and development plans. There is immense potential to implement the Healthy Streets initiative as a ‘citizen-centric’ programme, providing that accessibility issues and better integration between different forms of transport are addressed.
Coping with Climate Change
By 2014, the negative impact of climate change could have accelerated well beyond what has been experienced since 2010. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy needs to recognise this risk. While proposals to incorporate requirements for green infrastructure and climate change resilience into new projects are laudable, they don’t go far enough.
All proposals need to be subject to a value assessment that encompasses their entire life-cycle. Durability and expected life-span need to be an integral part of the cost/carbon/performance assessment.
Physical resiliency measures are a major part of the Mayor’s strategy, but this needs to form part of a wider holistic approach. Providing efficient, zero-emission transport options, including effective alternatives to driving, is going to be essential for supporting London’s growth.
Download the full Arcadis response to the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy Consultation