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Report says London’s transport requires investment

A new report says London’s transport network requires sustained investment in the coming years to maintain the standard of service it currently offers. The study, ‘World Class? London’s Transport: Progress and Future Challenges’, was commissioned by Siemens and written by Professor David Begg, who used data gathered from a survey of 3,500 London transport professionals. According to the conclusions, policies on everything from cycling and walking to public services and private vehicle use will have to adapt, in order to cope with the city’s rising population. Although the report labels the capital’s transport infrastructure as “world class”, it says that continued improvements must be made if it is to maintain such a rating.

Professor Begg praised the extensive nature of bus services and the way that the transport system coped with the demands of the London Olympics 2012, while the emphasis on customer information, marketing and ticketing was also commended. However, particular concerns were raised over cycling in the capital, with travel by bicycle only making up 2% of all journeys, yet cyclists account for 20% of road casualties. “Over the past 12 years, there has been a transformation in the quality and capacity of transport across the capital and despite room for improvement in some areas, transport services in the capital are now running at a very high standard, Professor Begg concluded. “Continued investment in London's world class transport system is imperative to prevent any decline. Policies should be introduced to encourage people to use more sustainable modes of transport in London, and efforts to reduce overall traffic need to continue.”

March 21, 2013

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