Mayor’s Transport Strategy launched
David McQuade - June 28, 2017

Improvements to Tube, DLR, rail, tram and bus services will tackle chronic overcrowding and transform the experience for Londoners.

The Mayor’s draft transport strategy sets out for public consultation his plans to improve transport in London over the next 25 years.

It comprises three main goals:

  • Creating healthy streets
  • Providing a good transport experience
  • Supporting the development of new homes and jobs

Healthy streets

Designing street environments that encourage people to walk and cycle will reduce Londoners’ dependency on cars as well as improve people’s health.

Streets make up 80% of London’s public space, so this new approach will dramatically improve the experience of living and working in the city.

The Mayor’s aim is for all Londoners to do at least the 20-minutes of walking or cycling they need to stay healthy every day.

Tackling pollution is also high on the agenda, with the goal of making London a zero emission city by 2050.

Public transport

The most effective way for people to make journeys that are too long to walk and cycle is by public transport, and the Mayor will work to make the network easier and more pleasant to use.

People will be able to enjoy comfortable, safe and stress-free travel, with an emphasis on accessibility, affordability and improved customer service.

New and improved transport services, such as the Elizabeth line, will be in place so that people have alternatives to driving.

Work will also forge ahead on Crossrail 2, which will be vital to the success of the wider UK economy by driving the development of 200,000 homes and 200,000 new jobs across the south east.

New homes and jobs

With increasing numbers of people wanting to live and work in London, the strategy sets out a series of growth principles to help the city grow in a way that benefits everyone.

This means using transport to shape the city, creating high-density, mixed-use places and unlocking potential in underdeveloped parts of the city.

After responses have been considered, the transport strategy will be published in 2018.

Mayor Khan said:

London is the greatest city in the world and as it continues to grow it is vital that we take a bold approach to ensure our transport network works for all.

We simply cannot afford to take the same old approach to travel as our growing population puts increasing pressure on our network.

That’s why I’m setting out a new long-term vision for our Capital – one that puts walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of our day-to-day lives.

Only by focusing on active travel, providing efficient zero-emission transport and reducing our dependency on cars, can we improve the health of Londoners, support economic growth, deliver homes and jobs, and make our city an even better place to live.”

Have your say

The Mayor would like to hear your views on the draft transport strategy. Visit the Mayor’s draft transport strategy page to find out more about the consultation and to have your say.

Alternatively, email your comments to

The public consultation will be open until October 2, 2017.