The first major strategic review of London’s road network in decades is to get moving this week as mayor Boris Johnson meets his election pledge to establish the London Roads Task Force.
The group, comprising experts, academics and user groups, will meet for the first time on Wednesday and begin their work to analyse the challenges faced by London’s road network and assess possible solutions to improve the capital’s roads for all users. London’s population is expected to grow by an expected 1.25 million people by 2031.
High on the task force’s agenda will be how Transport for London and local boroughs could redesign gyratories and congestion blackspots. Up for discussion wil be long-term plans such as replacing the A4 Hammersmith viaduct with a tunnel.
It will also look at how the road network could better serve local communities, helping to transform the urban realm, cut pollution and ease congestion across the capital.
An initial report will be prepared by November 2012 with a final report published in spring 2013.