The London Assembly's Transport Committee recently held an inquiry into London's cycling infrastructure. London Councils submitted a response following consultation with the boroughs and other key stakeholders. In the response we highlighted that there is a lack of information being shared on the development of a number of the cycle infrastructure schemes across London. We also look to show that cycling infrastructure in London hasn't led to an increase in congestion and that when segregated cycle lanes are installed in London, the usership of this infrastructure increases as does user safety. You can read the full response here.
In May 2016 we welcome the production of the government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, though noted that London would receive little if any of the funding allocated by government as transport funding is devolved to the Mayor of London. We highlighted our concerns regarding the phasing out of TfL's revenue grant and the implications this will have for borough transport funding received from TfL. We asked governmen to look again at the classification of TfL grants as revenue rather than capital funding, and called on the government to set a more ambitious safety target. Our full reponse can be read here.
London Assembly Transport Committee investigation into traffic congestion
London Councils is one of the three delivery partners, alongside the GLA and TfL, of London's Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS). London received £13m in funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to encourage the use of electric vehicles through a number of measures. There are four main streams of work that London is focusing on with the GULCS funding;
- Residential charging - Increase Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) charging infrastructure in residential areas by establishing a London-wide delivery partnership for providing, managing and maintaining this network
- Car clubs - Increase the provision of charging infrastructure in car club bays, with management and maintenance of the infrastructure being undertaken by the partnership responsible for residential charging infrastructure (point a)
- Support the increase of rapid EV chargers.
- Neighbourhoods of the Future (NoF) - local, innovative projects to prioritise and encourage the uptake of ULEVs.