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  • Find out about cycling and school travel in our latest policy brief


    We have just published our latest policy brief, focusing on cycling to school in London and in the EU. Educational resources, borough initiatives or European projects looking into children and cities more generally, you will find a range of info on the topic.

  • Agreement on new 2020 EU budget reached by European Parliament and Council

    The budget focuses among others on growth and competitiveness and climate action, for a total commitment of €168.7 billion – an increase of 1.5% from the 2019 budget. The work programme 2014-2020 set a target of 20% to be spent on climate protection. To reflect this, the focus on climate-related actions has been reinforced, with additional funds for Horizon 2020 (+ 8.8%), Connecting Europe Facility and the LIFE programme.

  • October: LEPT representatives attend CIVITAS Forum and other EU events

    The sustainable cities initiative CIVITAS held its Forum in Graz between 2 and 4 October 2019, with over 650 stakeholders attending. CIVITAS was established in 2002 by the European Commission and focuses on cleaner and better transport solutions in the urban and peri-urban context. The initiative nurtures exchange and innovative ideas and has established over 80 living labs since it has been launched.

  • Key insights from the LEPT Borough Forum

    On Tuesday 17 September 2019, LEPT held a forum for borough officers at the London Councils offices. Delegates from boroughs across London and sub-regional partnerships attended the event to find out about funding opportunities, best practice and replication opportunities.

  • Find out about the latest EU funding opportunities

    Following the updated 2018-2020 work programme for Horizon 2020’s Smart, green and integrated transport challenge ‘s publication earlier in July, we have published new briefings on upcoming opportunities.

    One focuses on the eight H2020 calls of relevance for London boroughs, and the other on Urban Innovative Actions’ (UIA) fifth call for proposals. UIA has a strand focusing on air quality and will fund projects up to 80%.

  • Two new Policy briefs published in June!

    We have just published our fourth Policy brief, focusing on understanding mobility patterns through data collection. Earlier in June, we had published one on access restrictions and liveable streets, with many examples from borough initiatives as well as best practice from across the EU.

  • The report on our May electric vehicles study tour is out

    In the context of a wider strategy to deliver cleaner air and reduce the impact of road transport on Londoners’ health, one of London Councils’ pledges to Londoners is the upscaling of infrastructures dedicated to electric vehicles (EVs), to facili­tate their uptake.

  • H2020 project HARMONY launched in London

    On 7 June 2019, the Horizon 2020 project HARMONY, 'Spatial and transport planning challenges for integrating traditional & new mobility services' was launched. The project aims at developing a software neutral modal suite, as well as training materials and recommendations for sustainable urban mobility plans guidance update. The developed solutions will be tested out in six authorities across the EU, among which Oxfordshire. 

  • LEPT attends LIFE programme Info-Day

    On 30 April 2019, the LIFE programme held an Info-Day in Brussels for stakeholders to find out about the 2019 open call for projects. LIFE is the EU’s funding instrument for environment and climate action. It is divided into two sub-programmes corresponding to those themes, with several priority areas, of which two are particularly relevant for transport teams:

  • Interreg North-West Europe Projects Ideas Lab

    Interreg NWE is a programme focusing on innovation, low carbon and resources efficiency through territorial cooperation. On 2 April, the programme ran a Projects Ideas Lab in Brussels for its ninth call for proposal, which is open until 14 June 2019. More than fourty project idead were presented, amongst which some relating to sustainable transport and mobility.

  • LEPT introduces Policy briefs

    As part of new projects, LEPT are creating a series of short policy briefs on a variety of topics. The first two briefs, both relating to cycling, have been published on the newly created dedicated page, Policy briefs. They are dedicated to e-Bike charging infrastructure and cycle hubs, smart and secure bike parking. 

  • Public Health England publishes review on air quality improvement

    In this review published in March 2019, Public Health England identifies vehicles and fuels, spatial planning and behaviour change as three of the five main areas for potential action. The review provides local authorities with guidance on various approaches to tackle poor air quality. It suggests a hierarchy of interventions with prevention on top, followed by mitigation and then avoidance (fig.

  • London ranked 6th most congested city in the world

    On INRIX’s annual scoreboard of congestion in cities, London ranks sixth in the world, like it did in 2017.  The cost of congestion is estimated to be £1,680 per driver, with the average last-mile speed at 7 mph. For the whole of the UK, it is estimated that drivers lost £7.9 Billion due to traffic congestion during the year. In terms of other EU cities, Rome ranks 10th, Berlin 15th and Paris 18th.

    You can access the full ranking here.

  • LEPT attends MOVE Conference

    On 12 and 13 February 2019, London Councils and LEPT officers attended the MOVE Conference in London. Most speakers were from mobility companies from across the world, presenting their latest products or innovations: well-established enterprises like DHL or Renault-Nissan or more recent players like Taxify, Citymapper or JUMP as well as a range of start-ups.

  • Mayor of London launches a new air quality monitoring network

    On 15 January 2019, the Mayor of London launched what was described as the ‘world’s most sophisticated air pollution monitoring system’. More than 100 sensors have been disseminated across London to collect live data on air quality, and Google Street View cars have been equipped with mobile air quality sensors.

    The system aims at identifying pollution hotspots and understand their presence to act and reduce their impact. It was built upon a previous live mapping system of air quality monitoring developed by King’s College London.

  • Clean Air Strategy 2019: transport, a key priority

    The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published on 14 January its Clean Air Strategy 2019. Chapter 5 focuses on reducing emissions from all forms of transport. It complements the Road to Zero Strategy published in July 2018.

  • New URBACT call opens

    The last URBACT Action Planning Networks call has opened on 7 January 2019, and will close on 17 April 2019. The objective of Action Planning Networks is to make 7 to 10 cities come together to test out common solutions to a specific urban sustainability challenge. They have identified ten main challenges. T04 (supporting the shift to a low carbon economy), T05 (promoting climate change adaptation) and T07 (promoting sustainable transport) are particularly relevant.

  • Mayor of London and TfL publish their Cycling action plan

    After the publication of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy in March 2018, Transport for London (TfL) released two complementary action plans in July, dealing with Walking and Vision Zero. The Cycling action plan has just been published, completing the picture.

  • Ninth Interreg North-West Europe call opens

    The ninth Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) call for proposal has just opened and will close on 14 June 2019.

  • LEPT attends annual Polis conference in Manchester

    Last week, the annual Polis conference took place at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. For two days, 550 participants attended sessions on themes as varied as smart procurement, bike sharing, SUMPs or data-driven decision making. The two main sessions focused on citizen inclusion in transport and sustainable planning. They gave voice to transport managers, charity representatives, city authorities, urban consultancies and private companies.

  • Sustrans sets out recommendations for the National Cycle Network

    The National Cycle Network has expanded throughout the UK since the late 1970s, with major bits passing through London. Sustrans, the charity that led its development, has undertaken a review of the service to provide local authorities with recommendations as too how to improve it.

  • EU Environment and transport ministers sign the “Graz declaration”


    The declaration sets out thematic actions for all authorities to reach the 2030 European Climate Objectives, and invites the European Commission to build upon it to deliver a comprehensive strategy by 2021. Here you’ll find a brief summary of these actions, and the Declaration with the detailed goals can be read here.

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  • Polis Working Group meeting on Clean Vehicles and Alternative Fuels

    On 19 March 2018 LEPT attended the Polis Working Group meeting on Clean Vehicles and Alternative Fuels.  During the meeting members discussed latest policy developments – including the Clean Vehicles Directive, the Clean Bus Deployment Initiative and the real drive test method for compiling comparable emission data.

    All presentations and documents from the event are available on the Polis events page.

  • EU Referendum - Implications of Brexit

    In June 2016 UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. Once Article 50 has been invoked the UK has up to two years to negotiate the details of the exit deal.