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  • London ranked 6th most congested city in the world

    On INRIX’s annual scoreboard of congestion in cities, London ranks sixth in the world, like it did in 2017.  The cost of congestion is estimated to be £1,680 per driver, with the average last-mile speed at 7 mph. For the whole of the UK, it is estimated that drivers lost £7.9 Billion due to traffic congestion during the year. In terms of other EU cities, Rome ranks 10th, Berlin 15th and Paris 18th.

    You can access the full ranking here.

  • LEPT attends MOVE Conference

    On 12 and 13 February 2019, London Councils and LEPT officers attended the MOVE Conference in London. Most speakers were from mobility companies from across the world, presenting their latest products or innovations: well-established enterprises like DHL or Renault-Nissan or more recent players like Taxify, Citymapper or JUMP as well as a range of start-ups.

  • Mayor of London launches a new air quality monitoring network

    On 15 January 2019, the Mayor of London launched what was described as the ‘world’s most sophisticated air pollution monitoring system’. More than 100 sensors have been disseminated across London to collect live data on air quality, and Google Street View cars have been equipped with mobile air quality sensors.

    The system aims at identifying pollution hotspots and understand their presence to act and reduce their impact. It was built upon a previous live mapping system of air quality monitoring developed by King’s College London.

  • Clean Air Strategy 2019: transport, a key priority

    The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published on 14 January its Clean Air Strategy 2019. Chapter 5 focuses on reducing emissions from all forms of transport. It complements the Road to Zero Strategy published in July 2018.

  • New URBACT call opens

    The last URBACT Action Planning Networks call has opened on 7 January 2019, and will close on 17 April 2019. The objective of Action Planning Networks is to make 7 to 10 cities come together to test out common solutions to a specific urban sustainability challenge. They have identified ten main challenges. T04 (supporting the shift to a low carbon economy), T05 (promoting climate change adaptation) and T07 (promoting sustainable transport) are particularly relevant.

  • Mayor of London and TfL publish their Cycling action plan

    After the publication of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy in March 2018, Transport for London (TfL) released two complementary action plans in July, dealing with Walking and Vision Zero. The Cycling action plan has just been published, completing the picture.

  • Ninth Interreg North-West Europe call opens

    The ninth Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) call for proposal has just opened and will close on 14 June 2019.

  • LEPT attends annual Polis conference in Manchester

    Last week, the annual Polis conference took place at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. For two days, 550 participants attended sessions on themes as varied as smart procurement, bike sharing, SUMPs or data-driven decision making. The two main sessions focused on citizen inclusion in transport and sustainable planning. They gave voice to transport managers, charity representatives, city authorities, urban consultancies and private companies.

  • Sustrans sets out recommendations for the National Cycle Network

    The National Cycle Network has expanded throughout the UK since the late 1970s, with major bits passing through London. Sustrans, the charity that led its development, has undertaken a review of the service to provide local authorities with recommendations as too how to improve it.

  • EU Environment and transport ministers sign the “Graz declaration”

     

    The declaration sets out thematic actions for all authorities to reach the 2030 European Climate Objectives, and invites the European Commission to build upon it to deliver a comprehensive strategy by 2021. Here you’ll find a brief summary of these actions, and the Declaration with the detailed goals can be read here.

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  • Polis Working Group meeting on Clean Vehicles and Alternative Fuels

    On 19 March 2018 LEPT attended the Polis Working Group meeting on Clean Vehicles and Alternative Fuels.  During the meeting members discussed latest policy developments – including the Clean Vehicles Directive, the Clean Bus Deployment Initiative and the real drive test method for compiling comparable emission data.

    All presentations and documents from the event are available on the Polis events page.

  • EU Referendum - Implications of Brexit

    In June 2016 UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. Once Article 50 has been invoked the UK has up to two years to negotiate the details of the exit deal.