What is the Mayor doing to improve transport in London?
With more people choosing to live and work in London, the Mayor is investing to keep London on the move. Here’s how he’s supporting transport in London and making fares more affordable.
1. New Hopper bus fare
In September, the Mayor launched the Hopper bus fare. It means commuters get two journeys for the price of one if they change onto another bus or tram within an hour. Londoners have already made over 50 million Hopper journeys.
2. Night Tube launched
The first weekend Night Tube services launched on the Central and Victoria lines in August 2016. Since then, the Night Tube has been extended to include the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines and has been supported by new night bus services. As well as helping late-night revellers and shift-workers to get around, the Night Tube is boosting London’s night time economy.
3. Fares Freeze
The Mayor has frozen the following fares until 2020:
- All buses and trams
- All single pay as you go and single tickets on Tube and DLR services
- All Santander Cycles hire and access charges
- All fares on Emirates Air Line
This fares freeze will benefit around four million journeys a day, and the average household will save around £200 over the next four years.
4. Making the Tube more accessible
The Mayor is investing £200m to increase the number of Underground stations with step-free access to over 100.
5. New river crossings in east London
London is growing, particularly in the east and south east, but there are currently few ways to cross the Thames in these areas. To help, the Mayor is planning several new river crossings. These include the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf walking and cycling bridge, Silvertown Tunnel and a new DLR extension to Thamesmead.
6. Creating ‘Healthy Streets for London’
The Mayor has appointed Will Norman as London’s first full-time Walking and Cycling Commissioner. He’s working with Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, to prioritise making London a healthy, inclusive and safe city for all where it is more attractive to walk, cycle and use public transport.
7. Extending the Northern line
Tunnelling has started to extend the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.
8. Getting people back on buses
The Mayor has set out his plans to increase the journeys made by bus in London. These include making sure buses are serving those communities where demand is highest, investing £20m a year in bus priority measures, improving customer service and reviewing traffic signal timings.
9. New Direct Vision Standard for HGVs
To make HGVs safer for cyclists and pedestrians, the Mayor has introduced a new direct vision regulation which measures how much a truck driver can see directly out of the window. This means from 2020 all vehicles will get a star rating, from zero to five to reflect their level of visibility. The Mayor is proposing that the least safe vehicles be banned from London’s streets by 2020.
10. Cutting TfL costs to fund transport improvements
The Mayor is looking at every area of TfL’s business to ensure it offers the best value for money. These savings will reduce costs by £800m a year by 2020/21 and will help fund improvements across London’s transport network.
To hear what’s next for transport in London, come to the State of London Debate on 29 June