London Mayor encourages more active travel to tackle ‘filthy air and gridlocked roads'.

10 January 2022

The cost of congestion on London's roads is estimated to cost the capital's economy £5.1bn a year, or £1,211 per driver, according to analysis by the Mayor of London's office.

The report also shows that the share of trips by public transport in 2020 dropped 14% compared to 2019 while care use has remained high, with car travel close to pre-pandemic levels for much of the latter half of 2021.

Mayor Sadiq Khan warns that without further effort to reduce traffic congestion and encourage active travel the capital could move from one public health and economy crisis to another 'caused by filthy air and gridlocked roads'.

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy commits to tackling congestion, pollution and road danger and delivering greener, more sustainable modes of travel. Public transport, walking and cycling are the most efficient use of road space, enabling more people to travel per hour compared with cars, which is why the Mayor and TfL are focused on delivering more cycle lanes, better pavements and 24/7 bus lanes.

In addition, the Mayor’s funding has delivered almost 350 School Streets and more than 100 Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes across London, making it safer and easier for residents and families to get around their local area on foot and by bike. 

Silviya Barrett, Head of Policy and Research at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s action on traffic reduction and decarbonisation so far and we hope London continues to lead the way in introducing innovative measures to tackle congestion and reduce car use. It is also vitally important that TfL has the sustainable funding deal it needs to keep investing in and promoting a return to public transport and active travel post-pandemic.”

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