Page last updated at 15:35 GMT, Monday, 12 October 2009 16:35 UK

Mayor 'considers' road charging

Boris Johnson
The mayor's strategy includes plans to boost low carbon transport

London Mayor Boris Johnson's transport strategy has stated that new road charging "could be considered".

The mayor set out his plans for Tubes, buses and roads for the next 20 years as part of The London Plan.

Upgrades to the Tube and London Overground were included in the plans and Crossrail was highlighted as being central to the strategy.

Labour's London Assembly transport spokeswoman, Val Shawcross, criticised the plans for "lacking vision".

Jenny Jones, Green party member for the London assembly, welcomed the suggestion of new road pricing.

'Lack of vision'

"Road pricing is an excellent idea. It will send out a signal that using public transport is more socially responsible," she said.

But Kulveer Ranger, the mayor's transport adviser, said: "There is absolutely no scheme in the mayor's transport strategy to introduce road user charging in London."

Mr Johnson's strategy stated that if "other measures to address congestion and pollution do not have the expected effects, additional road user charging could be considered".

"This would be very much the last resort, and very much in the long term."

The mayor's long-term proposals include the Crossrail easterly and westerly extension and Crossrail Two, also known as the Chelsea to Hackney Line, planned for after 2020.

However, Labour's Val Shawcross called on the mayor to reinstate previously planned projects, including the Croydon Tramslink and Docklands Light Railway extensions, which were shelved last year.

We've got a zone one cycling mayor
Jenny Jones, Green party

"London's economic growth must not be limited to central London," she said.

She criticised their "lack of vision" and said: "Plans of the previous mayor to upgrade the public transport system have been dropped with nothing in their place."

"Boris is backing away from the big decisions," she added.

The mayor's strategy for London's roads include proposals to boost low carbon transport and to fit London's traffic signals with environment friendly LED lights.

His cycle strategy outlined cycle superhighways, routes intended to provide cyclists with safety reassurance from cycling in numbers.

However, The Green Party's Jenny Jones said: "There is a huge gap in the cycle strategy. Two-thirds of people the mayor wants to get cycling live in outer London.

"But there is no funding mechanism to get these boroughs on board. We've got a zone one cycling mayor."



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