Traffic Congestion -
In London traffic congestion has probably been a problem ever since the city was founded in Roman times -
The Greater London Authority and Mayors (of different political complexions) have established various strategies to tackle traffic problems in London over the past fifteen years as part of their overall Transport Strategy. The adopted policies have been ineffective and congestion has actually got worse.
For example, the Congestion Charge tax has not reduced traffic congestion and it has actually got worse since that was introduced. Go to Congestion for more evidence on that. One reason is because there is simply a very large “unsatisfied demand” for more road space and this gets worse as the population and level of business activity in London rises -
In 2016 the Greater London Assembly Transport Committee undertook a "Scrutiny" of Traffic Congestion in London. The ABD's submission to it can be read here: Congestion-
In summary however, the GLA has no plans to significantly improve the road transport network in London and believes that public transport is the only solution. We dos not agree with this strategy and suggest that improvements in the road network should be undertaken, particular in the outer London boroughs and on strategic routes. In practice road space has been reduced rather than increased. There are other changes than could be made to reduce congestion -
Mayor Sadiq Khan published his proposed London Transport Strategy in July 2017 and it’s basically an attack on private motorists, and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs), with more congestion charging (or road pricing) proposed. Indeed by imposing higher parking charges, workpace parking levies and other restrictions, he aims to reduce car use, reduce our transport choices and generally dictate our lifestyles.
More information on this and the FFDFs campaign against it is present here: Against-
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. In 2020 the Covid-