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'It won't work here' - Bromley councillor dismisses Sadiq Khan's hope for 80% of London journeys to be made by public transport

PUBLISHED: 17:41 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:41 21 June 2017

Sadiq Khan is hopeful public transport could dominate London's roads

Sadiq Khan is hopeful public transport could dominate London's roads

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The mayor of London announced the plans on Wednesday

London mayor Sadiq KhanLondon mayor Sadiq Khan

Ambitious hopes from the mayor of London for more than three quarters of the capital’s journeys to be made by public transport by 2041 have been dismissed by a Bromley councillor.

Sadiq Khan announced on Wednesday hopes to drop the number of cars on London’s roads each day by 3million in the next 25 years, but deputy leader at the council Colin Smith warned the plan couldn’t work in outer boroughs.

“It’s a great idea in principle, and it might work in those areas of London where the capacity for cars doesn’t exist,” said Cllr Smith.

“But here in Bromley, people like their cars and they have further to go with better parking provisions in place, cars are also better for families who may have a boot full of shopping or someone to look after, generally, the need for cars is greater out here.”

Colin Smith, deputy leader of Bromley councilColin Smith, deputy leader of Bromley council

Plans set out within the mayor’s draft transport strategy go on to highlight creating better cycling links across London, by putting 70 per cent of Londoners within 400 metres of a “high quality, safe cycle route”, again by 2041.

The focus on cycling comes as figures from the London Assembly suggest 40 per cent of people aroud the capital going without the recommended 150 minutes of activity a week.

Mr Khan said: ““We have to make not using your car the affordable, safest and most convenient option for Londoners going about their daily lives.

“This is not only essential for dealing with congestion as London grows, but crucial for reducing our toxic air pollution, and improving the health of all Londoners.”

With the draft’s publication comes a consultation for residents to give their views on potential changes over the coming years,

Cllr Smith said: “I’m all for choice, we provide excellent cycling links for people across the borough, but if people want to choose to drive their cars then they should be able to do so.

“In areas like Biggin Hill and Green Street Green, public transport isn’t as accessible, and so the need for cars is greater.

“We’re always lobbying the government and mayor of London to improve transport links into London and around the borough, and while I admire Mr Khan’s ideas, they won’t work here.”

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