Interests: Bus, Rail, Traffic
London Campaign for Better Transport campaigns on local issues and supports the national organisation in pressing for sustainable transport.
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May 2013: The group responded to the GLA enquiry into bus services. We stressed the need for orbital bus routes, for better interchange points, to speed up the programme to make bus stops accessible and to reduce the number of buses in Oxford Street. Whilst welcoming the introduction of more hybrid buses we pointed out that this was not sufficient to achieve the necessary reduction in carbon emissions and that we should introduce more electrically driven vehicles including trams and trolleybuses.
October 2011: Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the Transport Committee of the Greater London Authority, spoke at our meeting entitled 'Keeping London Moving'.
March 2011: Here is the second episode of the independent 'Unfinished London' videos. This one shows London's mostly abandoned Ringway motorways, with good reasons why massive increases in road space in London would have been a very bad idea.
November 2010: The group organised a public meeting with speaker Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, entitled 'Holding the Government to account on transport'.
May 2010: Campaign for Better Transport has published Missed Opportunity Areas (PDF), a report into the traffic and transport implications of the Brent Cross and Battersea Power Station developments.
March 2010: The proposed High Speed Two station at Old Oak Common in west London could be served by modifying the Group's light railway plans. This is a map of the Old Oak Common area, showing how comparatively easy that would be.
January 2010: Here is an independent video of some abandoned sections of the Northern Line in north London, some of which we propose to reopen for a light railway.
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The Group is campaigning to make Oxford Street more friendly for all users of the road. Some reduction in bus services along the street, to reduce congestion, are currently being made by TfL, while a new London Assembly report recommends more thorough rerouting of bus services.
The GLA commissioned an enquiry into congestion on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street and issued a report entitled 'Streets Ahead' (PDF 327KB). We contributed to the enquiry and have subsequently released a response to the report (PDF 74KB).
A major focus for the group has been a planned development at Brent Cross, and the group's idea for a new light railway line. The hope is that the North and West London Light Railway (previously called the Brent Cross Railway) could mirror the success of the Docklands Light Railway, as shown in this video. A summary of the railway is available on Wikipedia. The group is a member of the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Development.
- Response to the planning application for a new shopping centre and other developments at Brent Cross
- Presentation: the benefits of light rail to North London
- Presentation: The plans for Brent Cross
- Presentation: How a light rail line could work.
- Original London Campaign for Better Transport report, showing one possible 'Phase One' of the light railway
- Maps of the proposed line
- Map: three possible routes
- Map: geographically accurate map, showing how the new line could fit in with existing infrastructure
- Map: historical map, showing how parts of it briefly provided an orbital service in Victorian London.