London’s local councils are responsible for 95 per cent of the capital’s roads and are therefore key to ensuring that the road network is fit-for-purpose now and in the future.
Three key areas of focus for London Councils are:
- Promoting the uptake of electric vehicles.
- Work on clear highways, including work with London TravelWatch and TfL on highways obstructions; new powers to tackle builders skips; and equipping boroughs to better tackle damage to pavements caused during building works.
- Keeping up the pressure on the Mayor and TfL to continue to improve road safety and increase rates of cycling and walking.
London Councils' policy and services teams work with boroughs and TfL to promote efficient and safe travel on the capital's roads. We also work on the Roads Taskforce and the resilience of the highways network to severe weather.
Office for Low Emissions Vehicles Go Ultra Low City Scheme
London's bid to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles 'Go Ultra Low City Scheme' was submitted by the Mayor of London, Transport for London and London Councils on 2 October, with a covering letter to the Secretary of State for Transport. The bid proposes:
- £8m to install residential charging infrastructure using a new pan-London delivery vehicle;
- £4m to create strategic rapid charging hubs across London to service commercial fleets;
- £4.5m to help car club operators to meet a commitment for 50 per cent of their vehicles to be ULEVs by 2025; and
- £3.5m for Neighbourhoods of the Future, borough-led schemes combining this infrastructure investment with behaviour change interventions to encourage local businesses and residents to make the switch to ultra low emission vehicles.
London's bid has been successful and the city has been awarded £13m.
London Assembly Transport Committee investigation into Traffic Congestion
Congestion on London's roads is a growing problem. Following a periood of stability, London's roads have been getting steadily busier and more congested for at least the last two years. Congestion can have negative effects on the economy, public health and the environment amonsgt others. London Councils recently submitted a response to the London Assembly Transport Committee's call for evidence into road traffic congestion.
Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Urban Congestion
London Councils also submitted evidence to the parliamentary Transport Select Committee's inquiry into Urban Congestion. The report analysed a number of traffic management measures and their benefits based on the experience of London. We also highlighted the role a number of different forms of transport could have in reducing congestion, and also highlighting the chaging make-up of the UK's roads and how local authorities will need to reflect this when tackling this issue.
We have responded to the London Assembly Transport Committee investigation on future transport. This includes a look at ‘mobility as a service’, regulatory powers, horizon scanning, adoption of new technology, autonomous vehicles, dockless bicycles, droids and drones. Our response can be read in full here.