Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outlined his plans to create ‘A City of all Londoners’, including a series of proposals to make the capital a greener place and ensure it reaches its target of zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The document set out a number of proposals for how London will develop over the years and is now open for consultation.
As part of wider environmental plans to improve public transport, the document proposes to: introduce an emissions surcharge (or ‘Toxicity charge’) in 2017 for high-polluting older vehicles in central London; develop proposals to introduce the central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 (a year earlier than planned) and potentially enlarge the area it covers, creating ‘Healthy Streets’ to reduce traffic, pollution and noise and create more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets where everybody can enjoy spending time and being physically active, and ultimately to improve people’s health; and make cycling easier and safer.
In central London, the Mayor also plans to complete a cycling grid to enable quick and convenient cycling trips around Zone 1.
Khan commented: “I want to make London better for all Londoners – by building a city where no one is left behind and where everyone gets the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
“Today I am asking all Londoners to tell us how they want us to respond to the big trends that are shaping London’s long-term future.
“Our population is projected to grow by 70,000 per year to 10.5 million by 2041. This growth is a sign of our success, but it is also putting pressure on land, housing, transport and the environment.”