The Mayor has announced his transport steering paper, Way to Go.
We'll cover the responses to the paper in a later post, but the main planks of the Mayor's proposals are as follows:
- CrossRail and improvements to the Tube (including air conditioning) will go ahead, despite a rocky financial backdrop.
- Dedicated cycle routes will be opened into central London.
- The Mayor will continue with plans for a bike-rental scheme similar to Paris' Velib.
- Oyster will continue its roll-out across private rail franchises.
- An 'orbital rail route' echoing the M25 will be developed around London.
- Traffic lights will be re-phased.
- Bus services to be reviewed.
- Continuing with plans for a new Routemaster.
Likely casualties of the funding gap include:
- The extension of the DLR to Dagenham Docks.
- The Cross River tram project.
The Mayor also floats the suggestion of possible tube extensions the the southern part of the network.
The Mayor's full Transport Strategy is now likely to be published towards the end of 2009.