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    Towards a new culture for urban mobility is the title of the European Commission s new Green Paper on urban transport. (See
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      "Towards a new culture for urban mobility” is the title of the European Commission's new Green Paper on urban transport.

      (See http://ec.europa.eu/transport/clean/green_paper_urban_transport/index_en.htm

      It was adopted on 25 September 2007 and opens a debate on the key issues of urban mobility: free-flowing and greener towns and cities, smarter urban mobility and an urban transport which is accessible, safe and secure for all European citizens.

      With this Green Paper the Commission wants to set a new European agenda for urban mobility, while respecting the responsibilities of local, regional and national authorities in this field. The Commission intends to facilitate the search for solutions by, for example, sharing best practices and optimising financial means.



      Transport for London has responded (see attachment).


      Whilst endorsing the whole document I would like to draw your attention in particular to the last para in item 15.


      How can better coordination between urban and interurban transport and land use planning be achieved? What type of organisational structure could be appropriate? 


      The experience in London of a democratically-elected Mayor overseeing both spatial and transport planning policy has delivered a highly effective, integrated approach. Built into the process is scrutiny of the Mayor’s actions via an elected London Assembly and local accountability via the 33 Borough councils responsible for localised service delivery, including local transport planning.


      The model adopted in London has worked well and delivered real benefits for the city but it will not be suitable everywhere. Although the organisation and coordination of local government is a matter for Member States, the European Commission should encourage greater coordination between spatial and transport planning, highlighting opportunities cities provide for businesses and customers to work in close proximity. This spatial concentration, or agglomeration, is increasingly being seen as providing significant benefits in terms of productivity and innovation[1]. The European Commission should promote the link between transport investment and economic development: traditional models used to evaluate transport projects have tended to miss the benefits of agglomeration.


      TfL believes that there is merit in discussion at a European level on using land value capture as a method of funding transport investment[2]. Such a development would help incentivise development by owners of under-used or idle urban sites, encourage higher density housing and thus enabling towns and cities to operate more efficiently. Lower land prices would make business premises and homes more affordable and contribute to economic growth.

      2.  Transport 2025: Transport vision for a growing world city (published November 2006) http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/publications/1482.aspx




      Dave Wetzel,

      Vice-Chair, TfL

      020 7126 4200







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