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Mayoral strategy must reduce need to travel

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In response to Martin Pawley's comments on the UK transport planning map (AJ.8.6.00), I would like to inform you of my own long term strategy for London, based on the premise that improvements to roads and transport system on the existing pattern would lead to increased congestion and pollution.

It is based on a reduced need to travel and the reduction of heavy traffic movement within the London area.

The following are the key points for its successful implementation:

Move staff to low-rise low-overhead housing close to transport links. Encourage home working with electronic links to the office and the introduction of flexible working hours.

Redevelop redundant office space as subsidised housing for young staff, teachers and nurses.

Introduce major transport interchanges on the periphery of London with facilities for education, healthcare, light industry and distribution warehouses.

Deflect major traffic flows around London, introduce regulation, with restricted entry to central London. Regulate mini-cabs and introduce the facility to hire lowenergy cars.

Develop more, smaller shopping communities with arts centres and leisure areas.

Introduce a major overhaul of the transport system to serve long-term strategies.

All of the key points should be agreed by consultation prior to implementation.

The main mayoral responsibilities in light of this proposed strategy would be to:

Ensure the instigation and monitoring of long-term strategy in association with the boroughs.

Ensure the balanced spread of resources between boroughs for business, investment, housing, education, healthcare, leisure, employment and public services.

Ensure the development of brownfield sites and empty buildings.

Co-ordinate transport with public services across all the boroughs.

Ensure the monitoring of progress of race relations, policing, education, healthcare, housing and set achievable annual improvement targets.

JD Ricketts, London E17

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