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Buses, in one form or another, have been on London's streets since 1829. The London Underground began services on 10th January 1863.

The Docklands Light Railway began services on 31st August 1987.

The Congestion Charge was implemented on 17th February 2003.

In 2000 Transport for London was created to implement transport strategy and manage services across London.

In July 2001 the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, published his Transport Strategy for London.

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The headline proposal of the Mayor's Transport Strategy was to add an additional 40% capacity to the existing tube, train and bus network. Anyone who uses the existing network now knows that this is a badly needed investment given the phenomenal growth which our capital is experiencing.

However, we question a strategy that tells us that adding on to a network that was built when the American Civil War raged and Henry Ford was in nappies is the best solution for London's inhabitants, or its economy.

Surely it is time to look beyond the traditional methods of transport in our capital? Surely it is time to engage in a debate with each other, with industry, with our elected officials, and with other cities around the UK and the world as to a long term solution to London's transport woes?

We need to take the congestion out of central London, introducing viable and reliable transport alternatives for those who need them.

London continues to grow. We need to look elsewhere for answers, beyond the simple economics of tax and spend, and at the possibilities that long term investment will have not just for Londoners now, but for generations to come.

At time of writing, the Tube has served London for over 178 years. The Tube's legacy has been enormous, and it's successes echoed in cities across the globe.

The question we should now be asking ourselves is what legacy is our generation going to leave for the future?

Let's Get London Moving.