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Boris Johnson launched his 2020 Vision document yesterday, outlining his very personal view of where the city needs to be at the end of this decade. You can download the full document here.

Unsurprisingly, transport is high up the Mayor's agenda and the document outlines his support for CrossRail 2, a Thames estuary airport, and an extension of the bike hire scheme, among many other projects.

A full list (culled from pg 16-17) of the Mayor's 2020 agenda for transport can be found below:

  • Develop an efficient metro suburban rail service by devolving rail  franchising power to the Mayor.
  • Introduce measures in the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to reach at least  15 per cent modal share for cycling in inner London and implement  plans to extend the Barclay’s Cycle Hire network to north, south,  east and west.
  • Deliver automation on the Tube to 75 per cent by 2020.
  • Increase Tube service to a world-leading 40 trains per hour on key lines such as the Victoria and Jubilee.
  • Support a new river crossing to the east of the Dartford Crossing.
  • Develop the funding model used on Crossrail so that next stage infrastructure projects like Crossrail 2 and a new hub airport are funded through an efficient mix of public and private finance.
  • Start construction of Crossrail 2 in 2019.
  • Further modernise London’s highways and traffic management.
  • Investigate new road tunnels such as replacing the Hammersmith flyover.
  • Transform the Greenwich Peninsula waterside into a commercial development and transport hub including a cruise liner terminal.
  • Build a new four runway eco-friendly airport.
  • Conduct in-depth study into potential further rail and Underground lines south of the river.
  • Secure a stable 10 year funding settlement for TfL to:

install an additional station on Crossrail 1 at Woolwich and links to London City Airport

provide a transport link from Kensal Green to Crossrail and an additional Overground station at Old Oak Common

start construction on the extension of the Northern Line down to Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea by 2015

progress with four tracking the West Anglia Line

electrify Gospel Oak to Barking on the Overground and extend it to Barking Riverside

work with boroughs to relieve congestion through river crossings in places like Silvertown and Gallions Reach

open up outer London town centre hubs by extending

- the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant and Castle

- DLR to Bromley

build a new Thameslink station at Brent Cross - Cricklewood

construct a single Euston-King’s Cross-St Pancras interchange station

upgrade the three Wembley stations

redevelop Tottenham Hale Underground station, East Croydon station and Waterloo station

extend the tram network to Sutton, Crystal Palace and across to Wimbledon with a second track

open the new Silvertown tunnel by 2021

rebuild Bank and Holborn Underground stations to increase capacity

put 2,000 New Buses for London on our streets by 2020

London is perhaps facing its toughest spending settlement in years - cuts at a time when the transport network must improve what is already there and build in capacity elsewhere just to stand still. Neither activity will come cheap.

The Mayor's vision is a good one, but convincing the Government of it, delivering, and not simply playing to the crowds, is another matter entirely.

On 26 June, the Chancellor will announce his Spending Review and London's transport funding must be looking like a particularly sweet, if short-termist, slice of pie to him right now. This document is perfectly timed to make the case for London in the long-term. Now, with two weeks to go, can the Mayor make the Government listen?