Policy Forum for London

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Priorities for transport in London - services and infrastructure, decarbonisation, and economic recovery

Morning, Friday, 11th December 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is examining priorities and next steps for developing transport services and infrastructure in London - including moving on from the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Areas for discussion include:

  • public transport
  • infrastructure
  • regeneration
  • the London Plan
  • decarbonisation

The conference is bringing together stakeholders with staff from the House of Commons and key policy officials who are due to attend from DfT; the Office of Rail and Road; the Joint Air Quality Unit; Defra; MHCLG; the NAO; the National Infrastructure Commission; BEIS; DCMS; and DIT.

Key discussion areas:

  • public transport:
    • the London Transition Board - priorities for its strategy for transport and part of the response to the COVID-19 crisis and supporting recovery going forward
    • restoring services - assessing prospects of a return to pre-pandemic levels, and initiatives for:
      • encouraging residents and commuters to begin using the public transport network
      • assessing safety measures in place for school travel
    • scaling up - priorities for operators and their partners to enhance the frequency of bus, overground and tube services, implications of social distancing, and rebuilding user confidence
    • financial sustainability - restoring and maximising revenue generation, a medium and long-term financial and operational recovery plan, and minimising risks for infrastructure delivery
    • collaboration and engagement - strategies for coordinating public and private project development, and giving a voice to passenger and community groups  
  • infrastructure:
    • transport projects - examining their future across London, their scope and how they can be organised and targeted to best support the economy and the needs of different stakeholders
    • the London Transport Strategy - assessing progress and the further measures needed to achieve core objectives, including:
      • futureproofing - infrastructure resilience and preparation for the future with a growing population
      • enabling intermodal transport city-wide
      • expanding connectivity - to Greater London and the wider South East 
  • regeneration - how best to accelerate and maximise the impact of transport infrastructure development:
    • rail - priorities for new stations, services and line modernisation, connections to Kent, Essex and elsewhere, and evaluating challenges and progress for Crossrail and Elizabeth line stations
    • infrastructure - how to accelerate and coordinate finance, planning and other elements to move forward development of shovel-ready transport projects
    • supporting London businesses - assessing key areas such as reducing barriers to travel, trade and collaboration, and supporting productivity and economic activity in outer London
  • the London Plan - its objectives around transport and housing development as a means of fuelling economic growth:
    • the Housing Secretary’s concerns - on housing delivery and planning regulation
    • coordination and connectivity - strategic development of transport links and unlocking potential for housing and wider property development, across the London region
    • planning - the potential impact of the Planning for the future White Paper and its proposals for streamlining regulation on London and its economy   
  • decarbonisation:
    • priorities and next steps - strategies and implications for health, transport businesses and the economy of decarbonising London’s transport system
    • active travel - the Streetspace for London programme initiated in response to COVID-19, opportunities for reforming road space for new cycle lanes, greater walking space and car-free zones, as well as assessing those schemes put in place during lockdown such as ‘pop-up’ spaces for pedestrians and cyclists
    • accelerating the switch to low-carbon forms of transport - priorities for further public and private sector investment in electric public transport, working with local authorities and other stakeholders to roll out charging locations, and opportunities for ultra-low emission zones 
  • approaches to changing public behaviours, as part of a wider green recovery from COVID-19, including introducing greater fines for cars using bus lanes, and extending the ULEZ

Relevant background and developments:

  • COVID-19 - ongoing impact on staff welfare, passenger demands and attitudes, delivering safe capacity, accessibility, continuing transport projects, and financial sustainability as new national restrictions are implemented in England
  • the PM’s Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution - including an announcement on ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles after 2030
  • the Mayor’s Green New Deal fund - including investment in low emission transport through the 2030 Future Neighbourhoods programme, as well as towards the long-term aim of bus electrification
  • Government bailout to keep London transport running - government grants Transport for London with a new funding package, with reports that conditions in the package include TfL stopping consultancy work on Crossrail 2 and working with a government-led review on driverless trains
  • Terms of reference for the government led financial review of Transport for London - agreed on as part of the previous funding package, to identify options for strengthening TfL’s financial stability
  • TfL’s Budget and Business Plan - for improving services and the physical infrastructure to boost capacity, such as overground line and signalling, creating more step-free access, and alleviating road congestion through highway, bridge, and tunnel development
  • the Mayor’s Transport Strategy - remaining objectives including developing infrastructure resilience, enabling city-wide inter-modal transport, and expanding connectivity with the wider South East
  • Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking - £2bn announced by the PM for expanding walking and cycling options nationally - including ‘Mini-Hollands’ in London - with new cycle and pedestrian routes, rolling out e-bikes for the elderly and longer distance journeys, and setting higher standards for cycling infrastructure
  • the London Environment Strategy - including scaling up and facilitating healthier modes of transport, improving city-wide air quality, and encouraging the adoption of low-emission vehicles

The agenda:

  • Delivering future transport projects in London - finance, planning and innovative practice
  • The London bus network and services - rebuilding user confidence in public transport
  • Next steps for meeting passenger demand in London and improving service delivery
  • The business case for transport development and accelerating infrastructure projects
    • Expanding regional development - new rail infrastructure in London and increasing connectivity with the South East
    • Transport connectivity and opportunities for London business
    • Delivery of infrastructure projects and accelerating London’s economic recovery
    • Transport, housing and regenerating London
  • Accelerating decarbonisation across the transport network, preparing London for the low-carbon transition, and supporting active travel
  • Moving forward the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, and overcoming challenges from COVID-19

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from the Department for Transport; Defra; MHCLG; the National Audit Office; the National Infrastructure Commission; BEIS; the DCMS; the Department for International Trade; the Joint Air Quality Unit; and the Office of Rail and Road.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group. For this conference we expect this to include London Assembly Members, officials from the GLA and the offices of the Mayor and Deputy Mayors, local authority representatives and officials from central government and regulatory bodies, together with local authorities, businesses and trade and commerce organisations, infrastructure providers along with their partners and advisors, public and private transport providers, transport and environmental and active travel action groups, housing developers as well as landlords and tenants groups and housing associations, trade unions and third sector bodies, investors and financial analysts, lawyers, and academics and commentators, specialist academics and charities, and reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Neil Henderson

Global Knowledge and Innovation Director, Transport and Key Account Leader, Mott MacDonald

Alex Williams

Director of City Planning, Transport for London

John Trayner

Managing Director, Go-Ahead London


Alice Roberts

Head of Green Space Campaigns, CPRE London and Member, London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard Coalition

Dr Audrey de Nazelle

Senior Lecturer, and Lead, Network of Excellence on Air Quality, Imperial College London

Senior speaker confirmed representing the Bakerloo Line Extension Growth Corridor

Kirsty Hoyle

Chief Executive Officer, Transport For All

Dave Widger

Regional Director, Economic Development, AECOM

Emma Gibson

Director, London TravelWatch

Adam Tyndall

Programme Director, Transport, London First

Richard de Cani

Global Planning Leader, Arup