This conference discussed key issues for transport in London and the wider South-East - looking at infrastructure priorities, environmental challenges, opportunities for regeneration and the implementation of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
Delegates assessed priorities for innovation and development of major transport infrastructure in London and the South East, including the next steps for planning the expansion of Heathrow and Crossrail 2.
The seminar took place in the context of a renewed commitment by TfL to the development of Crossrail 2 and an indicative budget of £27.7bn, for the project between 2023 and 2036 in the National Infrastructure Assessment.
There was also discussion on lessons to be learnt from continued delays to the completion of Crossrail - including from the NAO investigation, and the £2bn in added cost.
The agenda brought out views on the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, including implementation issues and how it dovetails with transport policy across the South East, with a focus on rail infrastructure and increased airport capacity.
There was discussion on how best to realise the opportunities for economic growth and regeneration from transport infrastructure development, particularly in the areas of housing and the potential from building on TfL brownfield land - as well as planning and legal challenges for developing new projects.
Further sessions discussed the next steps for reducing emissions from both public and private transport, including the expansion of electric fleets and development of Ultra Low Emission Zones, as well as the opportunities for introducing further sustainable and active transportation options - and ways to improve the user experience of the transport system.
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