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Mayor of London announces plans to tackle capital’s road congestion

Announced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the actions include better communications with road users to allow people to make more effective decisions about their journeys based on the most accurate and up-to-date information.

TfL will also work to reduce disruption from roadworks, including collaborating more efficiently with local authorities, utility companies and developers to reduce the impact of planned road works. It will also lobby the Government for greater powers to manage road works including increasing the scope of fixed penalty notices and legislating around the use of cranes and hoardings that impact on the road network. 

The Major is also cutting the cost of public transport and has set out specific measures to increase the reliability of bus services, including investing £50m in bus priority schemes. 

Simon Moore, director for London & south at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said: “To ensure London remains an attractive place to work and do business, it is vital that we have good quality and reliable infrastructure networks. With congestion across our road network highlighted as a top transport priority for firms, businesses will welcome the Mayor’s package of measures to ease blockers across our roads.  

“Greater collaboration between local boroughs, utility providers and developers and using technology more effectively to reduce traffic impacts are key short term solutions to improving our network. In the longer term, bolder solutions will be required to increase our deteriorating road capacity.” 

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London at the Freight Transport Association, welcomed the measures, saying: “The Capital needs more than 360,000 tonnes of goods moved on its roads every day – construction materials to build new homes, food and drink to restaurants, clothes to shops and of course the waste to be taken away – so, it's in everyone’s interests if these goods can get where they need to be efficiently.” 

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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