The City of London Corporation has developed an ambitious Transport Strategy that will tackle air quality in the capital.
Under the proposals set out, the Transport Strategy outlines a framework for future investment on the streets of the Square Mile for the next 25 years.
It is the first undertaking of such a long term strategy in the history of the City of London Corporation.
The need to reduce pollution and improve air quality is at the heart of the proposals in the Transport Strategy, but this is not the only topic for proposals; elsewhere, tackling road congestion and reducing road danger are also part of the overall strategy.
Through the Transport Strategy, the City of London hope to become UK pioneers for a zero emission future, championing Britain’s first large scale zero emission zone that will cover central London.
In the interim, the plan is to introduce local zero emission zones covering the Eastern City Cluster and Barbican, and Golden Lane.
In terms of reducing the number of accidents on the network, the City want to introduce a City-wide speed limit of 15mph, which will help to achieve Vision Zero.
The aim is to decrease the likelihood and severity of collisions, as part of the fight to eliminate death and serious injury from the streets of the capital.
Chris Hayward, Planning & Transportation Chairman at the City of London Corporation, commented:
“I am delighted that the City Corporation engaged with over 2,500 people during the earlier public consultations, the findings from which shaped these proposals.
“The Square Mile is a unique place to travel, therefore radical proposals are required to future-proof this world class, growing business and cultural centre.
“Once finalised, this Transport Strategy will be transformative in ensuring that the Square Mile remains a healthy, accessible and safe commercial and cultural centre.”
The Strategy builds on other proposals that address accessibility, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure and emerging technology.