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City of London progresses transport reform

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A draft plan to revamp London’s Square Mile in favour of promoting walking, cycling and public transport has finished its final round of public consultation.  

The City of London Corporation’s first transport strategy has finished its final round of public consultation and is now being carefully analysed before they are submitted to committee before being formally adopted.  

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said that the corporation is hoping to have the draft approved by spring 2019 and adopted as soon as its approved.

The Corporation is also working on its “Local Plan” - a draft planning framework up to 2036.  

The aims of the plan are to increase the number of people walking, cycling, and using public transport as the number of workers travelling to and from the City every day is set to rise to 620,000 by 2044 from 480,000 as of 2018.  

The plans contain 54 key proposals to change the transport system in the square mile, including giving priority to pedestrians in street designs.  

Such proposals are in line with the latest recommendations from the health watchdog, NICE.  

The plans have been under intense consultation for a number of months, including a survey with 1,900 responses and an exhibition of the plans that pulled in 7,000 visitors.  

In the draft transport strategy, chairman of planning and transportation Christopher Hayward said that the council had listened to earlier feedback, and the final draft made more provisions to ensure  

“In earlier consultations, members of the public shared their concerns about the lack of space and priority given to people walking, accessibility, motor traffic volumes, the safety of people cycling and air quality,” he writes.  

“Our proposals to address these concerns and rise to the challenge of a growing City include measures to make our streets safe, accessible and attractive places to walk, cycle and spend time.” 

Key proposals in the plans include:  

  • Proposal 2: Put the needs of people walking first when designing and managing our streets. 
  • Proposal 5: Ensure new developments contribute to improving the experience of walking and spending time on the City’s streets 
  • Proposal 11: Take a proactive approach to reducing motor traffic 
  • Proposal 25: Increase the amount of cycle parking in the City 
  • Proposal 30: Install additional electric vehicle charging infrastructure 
  • Proposal 45: Explore the need for legislative change to ensure emerging technology and innovation benefits the Square Mile 
  • Proposal 51: Encourage continued Government investment in major London transport projects 

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