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Mayor of London

Planning for the future

This section showcases the Mayor's plans to enhance the Capital’s transport network. Proposals include improving suburban railways and cycling infrastructure, tackling vehicle emissions and enhancing the South East's hub airport capacity. Read about how we reinvest all our income to run and improve services.

In May 2010 the Mayor's Transport Strategy was published.

It sets out the Mayor’s transport vision for London and details how we will deliver the plan over a 20-year period.

The strategy is a vital part of a wider project to support and shape the Capital's social and economic development.

Improving London's roads

An independent report commissioned by the Mayor and published in 2013 calls for bold action to be taken to cut congestion and improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in the Capital.

Recommendations from the Mayor's Roads Task Force report include building more road tunnels to free up space above ground for cycle lanes, green spaces and new developments, as well as revitalising high streets across the city.

Integrated rail  

Many of London’s busiest commuter rail services are run by train operators under commercial government franchises.

The Mayor is concerned that many parts of the Capital suffer from poor service levels as a result of this rail fragmentation.

He wants us to take over responsibility for London’s inner-suburban rail services so that a single coherent vision for the city’s train network can be realised. His plans are outlined on our Developing the rail network page.

A new hub airport

Demand for flights, and the range of destinations that people want to fly to, is predicted to grow considerably in the coming years.

The Mayor has stated that only an efficient hub airport serving London and the South East will be able to consolidate this demand and enable airlines to offer the widest possible range of routes and frequencies.

He is firmly against expanding Heathrow because of the potential increase in noise pollution, so is instead supporting the construction of a four-runway hub airport away from densely-populated areas east of the Capital.

Read more about the Mayor's aviation plan.

Crossrail 2

The proposed high-frequency, high-capacity Crossrail 2 line could run between southwest and northeast London.

It would shorten journey times, help relieve rail and Tube congestion, and provide a catalyst for new jobs and homes.

A proposed route for Crossrail 2, previously known as the Chelsea-Hackney line, has been kept free from major building development since 1991.

This route is now being reviewed and we have proposed two alternatives which could better meet the rail needs of the Capital in the future - a 'metro' and a 'regional' option:

  • Metro could provide a high-frequency underground railway through central London and between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace, relieving congestion on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines
  • Regional could benefit people in counties such as Hertfordshire and Surrey and enable more trains to run on busy National Rail routes. It could combine underground and overground railways, and run from Alexandra Palace and stations in Hertfordshire to various locations in southwest London and Surrey

Your opinion counts

We consult on a wide range of projects and schemes with customers, businesses and other stakeholders. This includes everything from bus route changes and junction improvements to station enhancements and Tube line extensions.

Check out our consultations & surveys hub.