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BOB KILEY: 'MY BUSINESS PLAN WILL TACKLE LONDON'S DEEP-ROOTED TRANSPORT PROBLEMS'

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Transport for London's Business Plan will deliver major improvements to the transport infrastructure and services i...
Transport for London's Business Plan will deliver major improvements to the transport infrastructure and services in the capital, was the message today from transport commissioner Bob Kiley.

Pledging to spend over£1.8bn on renewing and revitalising London's transport network in 2002/03, Mr Kiley said further funding would be needed if London is to continue to grow and prosper in future. The predicted spend for 2007/08 is more than£2.6bn.

Over the next year, the Business Plan will drive forward major improvements for the capital, including:

- A dedicated Transport Policing Unit will be introduced to operate along 20 key transport corridors. It will help to improve bus service reliability and enable people to feel safe using buses, local waiting areas and roads.

- The Road Safety Plan for London, which aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured by 40% over the next 10 years, will be implemented. Safety measures include local safety schemes, improved lighting and junction layouts, speed restrictions and cameras, and safety campaigns.

- The bus network will steadily expand - with new services, higher frequencies, more 24-hour services and robust timetables. Kilometres operated will increase by 4% in 2202/03.

- TfL and London borough programme of improvements will be introduced. The effectiveness of different measures to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in town centres and residential areas will be tested.

- Taxis, DLR, Tramlink, most piers and a number of boats are already accessible. Nearly 70% of the bus fleet is currently low-floor - providing easy access for those with reduced mobility, such as older people and those with luggage and small children.

Publishing the Business Plan, Mr Kiley said:

'A safe, integrated, accessible and efficient transport system is essential if London is to grow and prosper. We have a costed programme for tackling London's deep-rooted transport problems. It focuses heavily on bringing the transport infrastructure and services back to a state of good repair, and increase the capacity of the transport system. This cannot be done overnight.

'For us to be able to deliver the planned improvements, adequate funding will need to be secured. We will continue to build close working relationships with the London boroughs, transport operators and other strategic partners, so that together we can deliver the best possible transport solutions for London.

A fact sheet is available here .

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