LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone should unify London's rail franchises, build new rail links and consider road tunnels under the capital, consultants said this week. They also called for policy decisions on new Thames crossings and urged him to promote the construction of stations where the rail network crosses the M25.
Ove Arup director Mark Bostock said Livingstone should switch control of traffic wardens from the Metropolitan Police to Transport for London to make congestion charging easier to enforce.
Livingstone wants to bring in a paper-based scheme where motorists will display permits to travel in central London on their windscreens. Bostock said TfL should give traffic wardens new powers to stop cars failing to display permits inside the road pricing zone.
Scott Wilson managing director Geoff French voiced concern about how congestion charging would work in practice.
'There could be particular problems with road pricing at the borders between zones where motorists are charged for road use and those where road use is free, ' he said.
Mott MacDonald director Noel Bristow warned that Livingstone's congestion charging scheme would need to be balanced with other measures to help traffic move more freely.
These could include long distance road tunnels under parts of central London.
Tunnels could remove long distance traffic from surface roads and free up space for buses and delivery vehicles.
They could also be linked to underground car parks.
Bostock called for Livingstone to introduce a single rail franchise for all London commuter services. This would aid the development of 'long overdue' integrated ticketing systems.
WSP Development managing director Keith Bull said the Mayor should also bring in tougher enforcement of bus priority lanes along the lines of the Edinburgh Greenways bus priority scheme.
More transport interchanges at Tube stations are also needed, said MVA deputy managing director Denvil Coombe.
He said: 'If you ride the Jubilee Line Extension, one of the things that is most impressive is that you come out and there is a bus station right there. That policy needs to be reenacted throughout London.'
Bristow added that Livingstone should look at new eastwest transport links to relieve the busy Central Line.