London’s transport infrastructure
London’s continued success as a leading centre for world trade and commerce is critically dependent on free-flowing, frequent and predictable travel to and from the capital. Demand for the rail, road and air transport infrastructure that links London to the rest of the UK and the wider world continues to rise, as it has for decades. Much of it is at or near capacity and in many cases is ageing, heavily congested and lacks resilience when put under pressure.
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Given the scale of projected future growth, London must plan now to expand and improve its transport links if it is to continue functioning as a world class city.
London First established an independent Commission in early 2011 to examine London’s transport links – rail, high speed rail, road and air – with the rest of the UK and wider world.
The Commission’s report was published in February 2012.
Read the final Connectivity Commission Report – Executive Summary
Read the final Connectivity Commission Report – Full Report
The Commission called for:
- A national transport policy that consistently prioritises limited public resources to secure the best economic returns from investment in road, rail and air infrastructure
- A roads policy to cut congestion on London’s strategic links to the rest of the UK – with targeted expansion where merited by demand, and charging to manage demand in the longer term
- Continued vital investment in the rail network to relieve commuter overcrowding and meet growing demand – in lock-step with tangible progress on cost reductions, to relieve the unsustainable high annual fare increases currently in place
- The urgent delivery of new hub airport capacity in London and the South East in the short to medium term – the next fifteen years
Congestion charging in London In 2014 London First published a new report Jams Today, Jams Tomorrow which called for a radical overhaul of congestion charging in London is needed if the capital’s...
- Jams Today, Jams Tomorrow How Smarter Congestion Charging Can Keep London Moving (PDF, 1.08MB, August 13)
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Download and read our publications on London’s transport infrastructure.
- Reports (1 documents)
- Londons Infrastructure: Investing for Growth(PDF, 1.25MB, 24 March 2015)