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Sadiq Khan

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Mayor of London, elected in 2016 and former MP for Tooting.


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Declare London independent from the UK and apply to join the EU.

London is an international city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe. Let's face it - the rest of the country disagrees. So rather than passive aggressively vote against each other at every election, let's make the divorce official and move in with our friends on the continent. This petition is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare London independent, and apply to join the EU - including membership of the Schengen Zone (Umm, we'll talk about the Euro...). Mayor Sadiq, wouldn't you prefer to be President Sadiq? Make it happen! #londependence This petition was started by James O'Malley. Get in touch if you like: psythor (at) gmail.com or tweet @Psythor.

James O'Malley
181,054 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Save London's nightlife. Stop the closure of fabric.

Sign my petition to show your support for fabric. On the 6th of September, fabric could be closed forever when their licence is reviewed by Islington Borough Council. I’ve been working with fabric for the last 8 years as a promoter and resident DJ of the Sunday night party at fabric WetYourSelf! Like all of you, I’ve been welcomed as part of the fabric family since I first walked through their doors, so this is an issue that’s very close to my heart.  You probably saw the story about the elderly Polish couple who came to the club and stayed until 5am in the morning. It became one of the most talked about stories that week, not only in the UK but across the globe with three million people reading Washington Post website alone [you can read it here if you missed it. https://goo.gl/h6rEck The reason why I’ve brought up this story is because it shows something about us, the clubbing community, about the culture behind it and how fabric operates – that no matter how old you are, rich or poor, colour or gender, you are welcome in the club and you will be looked after. It’s like a big family. This is the ethos that’s at the core of club culture and fabric’s operations. fabric do their best to keep their customers safe and protect them from drugs and adopt a zero drugs policy. Closing a venue such as fabric would be an incredibly short-sighted response to a complex problem.   Let’s all come together to ask Sadiq Khan, our new Mayor of London, who won our support on his pledges to save London’s Night Time Economy and Islington Borough council, to support our campaign. Let’s ask them to back fabric’s future and the rest of our city’s clubs as icons of London’s incredible music scene and pledge to work together with him to make our clubs safer while also protecting our night time economy. 

jacob husley
160,744 supporters
Petitioning home office, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, David Lammy, Emma Dent MP

Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK

After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family.  Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat.  "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother.  Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am.  Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them.  After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get  their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK

Mirna Ayoubi
106,251 supporters
Petitioning Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan

Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe

As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours.  I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting.  We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time.  A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives.  An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker.  It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline.  Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families.  We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives. 

John Tyson
81,554 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Zac Goldsmith MP (MP for Richmond Park)

#InvestInYouthWork

Youth work is important but it’s under threat. Pledge to invest in growing the service for London's young people.   The cuts in youth provisions has had more of an impact on us (young people) than people may think and we care - enormously. Young people want and need to be able to socialise in a safe and secure environment. Youth provisions create great opportunities for young people. They give us places of learning, chances to build friendships, access to professional and local support and to have fun! It gives us a place we can call ours. But it's under threat.  Because of cuts decided by adults, many youth workers are losing their jobs. They are as important to us as the venues and programmes being closed down and under threat. Also, many places we care about are being closed down and hours of delivery being reduced. This issue affects us all, whatever your age. This needs to stop. We want mayoralty candidates to pledge to invest in and protect youth services in London right now. We can see plenty of money being spent on expensive new homes but not on provisions for the community that already lives here. Quality youth work and services are important to us and important to the whole community. London needs these services. We came together thanks to the work of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Rio supports us on this campaign.  “I have often said that if I had not been lucky enough to be a professional footballer I would have worked in youth services in some way, as I remember the support and mentoring my friends and I had when we were young, and some of my friends work in that field to this day. In the current climate youth services are increasingly under threat, and while in some parts of London great work continues as with our partnership with Lewisham Council, in other areas youth provision is minimal and young people are missing the opportunities we had when I was younger.  It is great that young people themselves are recognising the issues confronting them, from youth club closures to jobs to housing, and are campaigning to do something about it. I am proud to support their voice and their cause both personally and via my Foundation.” Rio Ferdinand  We invite the candidates to meet us, listen to us, acknowledge our campaign, and respond to our views and ideas. Change needs to happen before it’s too late. Please sign and share this petition and help us show the candidates for London Mayor 2016 how important youth provision is all over London. We can all be part of the solution.  #InvestInYouthWork

Tia, Jonathan, Melley and Jordan .
40,646 supporters
Petitioning BBC, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP

To stop the airing of the bbc 2 tv programme THE HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS

THE BBC ARE GOING TO AIR A PROGRAMME TITLED HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS ON TUESDAY 10th January 2017 on BBC 2  IT SHOWS WOMEN IN FULL ISLAMIC WEAR AND This is a mockery of the muslim woman and insults those whom are held the highest in Islam ..   Does much need to be said of u have seen the clip  THIS COULD cause people in the street to throw jokes at covering women whom are nothing like this programme shows and could cause various future issues within our communities ..  It also pairs our beautiful religion with bombs and guns. This is an act of terrorism against Muslim women .. Showing them in this light is not safe.  PLEASE ACT NOW AND GET THIS PROGRAM WITHDRAWN FOR THE WOMEN IN ISLAM THAT ARE HERE IN UK  FATHERS MOTHERS SISTERS BROTHERS AUNTIES UNCLES COUSINS WIVES ETC ETC 

Emma Bird
38,926 supporters
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Petitioning Zac Goldsmith MP (MP for Richmond Park)

Protect London's independent shops

London is not just my home. It is a place that I feel a deep connection to, a history that stretches back all the way to when my great-grandparents arrived here, fleeing persecution, at the turn of the 20th century. Throughout that time, each generation of our family has worked hard to run their own small businesses. My great-grandparents started a sweet shop on Hanbury Street, in East London, and my grandfather ran a small tailor’s studio a stone's throw away from there. My father established his own accountancy practice. And now, a hundred years after my grandparents arrived in this amazing city, I have spent the last few years running my own small food business, What The Dickens, and I’m about to set up Bernstein’s, selling the amazing Jewish food I grew up with. The government tells us that it’s pro-business, however, increasingly both the political and market conditions are being set up to favour big retail and large high street chains over creative, independent enterprises. With ever increasing rents, premiums and rates, and almost no regulations on either the rents charged by landlords or the lease conditions they insist upon, small businesses are progressively being priced out of the market with the obvious homogenisation of our high streets clear evidence of this trend in a city usually famed for its diversity and creativity. Seeing the vibrant heart of the city I love being ripped out in favour of identikit high streets, from Shoreditch to Chinatown, and Soho to Brixton, is demoralising as a small retailer and heartbreaking as a Londoner. That’s why I'm calling for a new position to be created at City Hall by our Mayor: an Independent Retail Tsar whose remit would be to represent the interests of independent retail, identify the barriers to the increased success of such small businesses and to celebrate the vital role these enterprises play in creating the unique place that is London. Please join me in taking a stand against the giants and call on the next London Mayor to protect what makes this city so special. (Photo credit: Chatsworth Road Market by Kriss Lee)

Adam Bernstein
32,478 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

BAN The Extremist, Terrorist Supporting Al Qud's March In London On June 18th

The Al Quds Day March is scheduled to be held in London on 18 June 2017. Previous Al Quds Day marches have seen displays of support for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed, antisemitic terrorist organisation. This has caused great distress to the Jewish Community. Al Quds Day is an annual day chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed. “The Quds Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, …. any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.” Additionally, Hezbollah is currently massacring Syrian civilians on behalf of the Assad regime. Last year, on Sunday 3 July 2016, Hezbollah flags were carried and waved by participants in the Al Quds Day March. There were also placards with the words “We Are All Hezbollah”. Then Home Secretary, Theresa May, gave clear guidance on hate crime to all polices forces that makes specific mention of antisemitism and confirmed that holding Hezbollah flags is a criminal offence in accordance with Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The act states that people who ‘wear clothing or carry or display articles in public in such a way or in such circumstances as arouse reasonable suspicion that an individual is a member or supporter of the proscribed organisation are guilty of a criminal offence." Hezbollah’s External Security Organisation was proscribed in March 2001 and in 2008 the proscription was extended to Hezbollah’s Military apparatus including the Jihad Council. Hezbollah is a deeply antisemitic organisation. Robert S. Wistrich devotes an entire chapter of his history of antisemitism, ‘A Lethal Obsession’, to Hezbollah. After the terrible recent terrorist events in Manchester and London this display of extremism has no place on the streets of the UK.. Allowing this march to go ahead will send a worrying message to the UK's Jewish community and call into question the commitment of the Mayor of London to eradicate extremism and anti Semitism We the undersigned urge you to ban this march showing that your words are backed up by your actions.

North West Friends of Israel
24,327 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Philippa Roe, Matthew Mason, Westminster Planning Department, Jennie Mosley (Bishops Ward Councillor), Kevin Craig, Ben Kind, Kate Hoey, Lambeth Council Planning, Doug Black, Coin Stree...

Save the South Bank from the private Garden Bridge development

Help us challenge this in the HIgh Court! Support us here thanks: www.everyclick.com/tcos The Thames is London's biggest piece of open space and its largest nature conservation area. Its openness is under threat as there are plans to put a Garden Bridge in the busiest tourist part of London, from Temple Tube Station to the South Bank, at a cost of £185 million pounds; over £60 million of it will be public money. It’s not a real garden nor an essential bridge; it's mostly concrete with less than half a football pitch of green space. 90% of users are not expected to use it to cross the river but it will have a devastating impact on the river's ecosystem and historic foreshore and will bring up to 7 million visitors to a South Bank already bursting with tourists. If it is built: - protected iconic views from Waterloo Bridge & South Bank e.g. St Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament or Waterloo sunsets, will be ruined, truncated & lost forever.  - NO cycling allowed, NO picnics allowed, Inadequate toilets for millions of people. NO full step-free access. Groups of 8 or more are requested to book in advance. You will be TRACKED using your mobile phone wifi. THIS WILL BE A PRIVATE BRIDGE WITH NO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY RUN BY A PRIVATE COMPANY; IT IS THE PRIVATISATION OF OUR PUBLIC SPACES. - there are many public services or other parts of the country that desperately need the investment more. The South Bank is thriving - positively heaving, and the North bank is healthy and wealthy enough as it is.  - the environmental effects of the bridge will be catastrophic; the proposed landing site on the South Bank will take away open green space and destroy over 30 mature trees to accommodate a large commercial building. - the rising cost of construction and the burden of annual maintenance, currently £3.1m per year, will fall upon the public if the Garden Bridge Trust fails to deliver. There are already nine bridges spanning two miles between Westminster and London Bridges, seven of which can be crossed by foot; that's more than plenty.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to the decision makers to stop the Garden Bridge and comment on why you are signing; all feedback is welcome and encouraged. Many thanks for your support. Follow us on Twitter: @TCOSLondon Contact: thamescentralopenspace@gmail.com  

TCOS London
23,165 supporters
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Petitioning UK Pariarlment, UK Parliament, David Cameron MP

London to remain part of the European Union

London has voted to remain in the European Union by an overwhelming majority. Just like Scotland, this means that our wishes are not represented by the slim national majority in the vote to leave. Unlike Scotland, we are of course not an independent country, but we have the option to explore whether we can negotiate a deal that allows us to remain in the EU as a city without severing our ties with the UK. Many practical details will obviously have to be worked out, but let's start by making a statement in principle: we, as Londoners cherish European values and we appreciate the opportunities that come with being a member of the European Union. We don't want to lose these benefits and - equally - we remain optimistic about how we - as the UK's economic powerhouse - can contribute to European prosperity through being a full EU member. We therefore assert our democratic right to say that in this matter we differ from the rest of England and we wish to open up negotiations for Greater London to remain in the European Union. #LondonStays #LondonLovesEU

Mehul Damani
22,716 supporters
Clean air for Camberwell

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website calling for all buses passing through Camberwell Green to be replaced with hybrid diesel electric, hydrogen fuel-cell or pure electric buses by 2018. The Mayor has asked Transport for London (TfL) to introduce the cleanest buses as fast as possible due to concerns over air quality and poor health relating to diesel exhaust emissions. The whole of the capital, including the area in your petition, will benefit. The first stage will see the whole bus fleet improved to the Euro VI engine emission standard or better by 2020. This engine and its ultra-clean exhaust system cuts oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter by up to 95 and 80 per cent respectively and will provide an interim way of cutting harmful emissions quickly. The Mayor is introducing zero-emission buses to London as fast as the technology allows and is encouraging pure electric vehicle manufacturers to reduce unit costs and switch to larger scale production. TfL is also running hydrogen fuel-cell buses on route RV1 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway to understand the contribution this zero-emission technology can play and is tapping into external funds to triple the number of these vehicles as quickly as possible. The Mayor has signalled London’s support for this transformation of its fleet by asking TfL to only purchase hybrid diesel-electric or zero-emission buses from 2018. We already have 2,500 hybrids and this total will constantly grow as new buses are introduced. All double-deck buses passing through the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone will need to be a minimum of Euro VI a year early in 2019 instead of 2020. The cleaner performance of these buses will bring wider clean air benefits to London as a whole. In some areas, Low Emission Bus Zones are being created to accelerate this process. There will be 12 in the capital between now and 2020. The Camberwell to New Cross area (covering Blackheath Road via Camberwell Green and Peckham High Street to Wood Green) is one of these. The Mayor would like to see an even faster switch to zero-emission to tackle the air quality issues you mention. He has worked with industries to show that companies running buses in London could move more quickly to his goal of zero-emission vehicles if such buses were produced more cheaply, in greater numbers, with improved performance. While he is driving this agenda forward as aggressively as possible for all neighbourhoods, this doesn’t currently permit the wholesale change you have requested straight away in this part of south London. I hope you will understand the demands balanced across London and appreciate the scale of change being undertaken as rapidly as possible. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 week ago
Yes to a Rotherhithe Bridge!

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. The Mayor has asked Transport for London (TfL) to progress plans for a crossing at this location. A team of designers has been appointed to consider the design options to ensure that a cost-effective and robust solution is progressed. TfL is currently undertaking local engagement with those living north and south of the river to ensure that local needs and concerns are considered in planning the new crossing. TfL will be progressing the design for the crossing during the rest of 2017, and plan to consult the public on the preferred option in early 2018. This will give an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the project to provide their feedback, before plans are drawn up to a greater level of detail for an application for planning permission (and other consents). You can find out more about TfL’s plans on their website, through the following link, which will be updated as the project progresses: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/how-we-work/planning-for-the-future/rotherhithe-canary-wharf-crossing. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
BAN The Extremist, Terrorist Supporting Al Qud's March In London On June 18th

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Al Quds Day March on 18 June. The Mayor is aware of the concerns raised about this march by London's Jewish community and has received a full briefing on the policing plan from the Met Police. Both the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service are clear that keeping London safe by tackling hate crime and reducing the risk posed by terror groups are of the highest priority. The recently published Police and Crime Plan contains considerable detail on how policing will continue to focus on these areas. As is the case for any group, protesters have the right to march as long as they do so within the law. The Mayor does not have the power to ban a march in London. Due to the concerns raised, the Mayor has personally discussed the policing of this event with the Commissioner, and has written to her today (16 June) to underline his support for the Metropolitan Police making use of all of the powers at their disposal to ensure that, should any criminal offences occur, suitable action will be taken. The Mayor has ensured that the Met fully appreciates the potential impact of this march on London's communities and is monitoring the situation closely. As ever, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, including anti-Semitism. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
STOP the mayor of London

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Toxicity Charge and the potential Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) extension up to the North-South circular roads. Ambitious and urgent action is needed to improve London’s air quality as current research indicates over 9,000 Londoners die prematurely every year from long-term exposure to air pollution. The Mayor has made it clear that this is unacceptable and he has made it one of the priorities of his mayoralty to start to clean up London’s air. Through Transport for London (TfL) he is currently consulting on a proposal to bring forward the implementation of the ULEZ in central London to April 2019. Under the previous Mayor the implementation date was set as September 2020. The Toxicity Charge (also known as the Emissions Surcharge) will apply from 23 October 2017 within the Congestion Charging zone during Congestion Charging hours. It will be an additional £10 supplement to the Congestion Charge for vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards. Full details of the charge are available to view at: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge. The T-Charge is intended as an interim scheme and will be superseded by the ULEZ. The ULEZ will be launched initially in the Congestion Charge zone to help tackle London’s poor air quality. It will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week and require all vehicles to meet a Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6/VI diesel standard or pay a daily charge of £12.50 in addition to the Congestion Charge. Full details of the ULEZ are available on TfL’s website at: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone. However, as poor air quality is not just a central London problem, the Mayor is also considering expanding the ULEZ out to the North-South circular roads for all vehicles and Londonwide for heavy vehicles. This expansion will mean more people can benefit from the health benefits of improved air quality. This expansion will also go some way towards tackling the social inequality of air pollution: people who live in low income areas tend to be more exposed to toxic levels of air pollution. There will be a further consultation on the proposed expansion later in 2017 before any decision is made. The Mayor and TfL have proposed that the Government introduce a targeted diesel scrappage scheme for low income Londoners and small businesses to reduce the costs of compliance with the ULEZ. It is not intended for the scrappage scheme to be dependent on the purchase of a new vehicle. It is only right that the Government provides this help given that national policy has encouraged the shift to diesel over many years. It is not the intention of the ULEZ to generate revenue, but rather to encourage a shift towards cleaner vehicles, reducing air pollution. The money generated from the ULEZ can only be invested in measures to support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, including further measures to improve air quality. Any income will therefore serve to further improve the long-term health of people living in London, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. Your petition will be considered as a response to the ongoing consultation on the ULEZ, but if you would like to express any further views on this topic, please reply directly to the consultation via the TfL website at: www.tfl.gov.uk/airquality-consultation and look out for the consultation for the expansion of the ULEZ later this year. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Private hire drivers should not do the English Test if they have experience of 5+ years!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website to the Mayor. The Mayor, Transport for London (TfL) and I believe that it is essential for public safety that all licensed private hire vehicle drivers can communicate in English at an appropriate level. Drivers must be able to communicate with passengers to discuss a route or fare and be able to read, understand and respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL. Communication is a crucial element of the service provided by drivers and this therefore forms part of the Mayor’s wide-ranging plans to improve safety and raise standards across the private hire industry. As such, TfL has introduced an English language requirement for private hire drivers, both those from English and non-English speaking countries. The requirement applies to applicants for new licences and those wishing to renew their existing licence. There are two ways applicants can prove that they meet this standard; either by passing a secure English language test with one of TfL’s language test providers or by providing evidence of a qualification that satisfies TfL that they have the required level of English. On 9 February, TfL announced that it has extended the period by which drivers must prove they meet the standard to the end of September this year. This will mean that the precise scope of the requirement is clear after current court proceedings are concluded. It will also allow drivers more time to comply with the requirement. Guidance on the English language requirement can be found on the TfL website at: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/english-language-requirement-guidance.pdf. The impact of the English language requirement for specific groups was considered in an equality impact assessment, which is also published online at: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/english-language-requirement. As part of this, it was recognised that those who left education a long time ago may have difficulty recovering evidence of qualifications and may benefit from more time to prepare for the test. To address this, TfL sends out applications four months before licences are due to expire. While some PHV drivers with five or more years’ driving experience may meet the standard, some drivers, even though they may have been driving for a number of years, may not. For this reason the requirement doesn’t seek to draw a line based on number of years’ driving experience. However, there are other ways that experienced drivers can satisfy TfL that they meet the standard without having to take the test by providing evidence of qualifications they’ve obtained. The Mayor has asked TfL to keep the test under review and to consider whether a test better targeted at the role of private hire drivers would be a more effective approach. Yours sincerely, Valerie Shawcross CBE Deputy Mayor for Transport

3 months ago
Sadiq Khan create autonomous driving test zone in London

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the implementation of a test autonomous driving zone in central London. The Mayor recognises the challenges that you have outlined in your letter and is already taking a number of steps to address these concerns. The Mayor has asked Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service, as well as wider policing partners in the British Transport Police and City of London Police, to continually review the security measures in place on the network and implement measures to reduce risk of attack in London. Reducing road danger remains a key component of the Mayor’s vision to create ‘Healthy Streets’. This approach will reduce traffic, pollution and noise to create more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets. The Mayor is also working with TfL on a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety that puts the elimination of road danger at the heart of the transport system. The Mayor’s ‘A City for All Londoners’ vision stated that London’s plans must be able to adapt to technological change, such as Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). He has tasked TfL to explore and understand the opportunities they present. Although TfL has no plans for a driver free zone, it monitors all transport innovations closely and takes an active role in monitoring the development of AVs through conducting multiple studies and research and development projects. Examples of activity in London include: • In February 2017, Nissan began their first European trial of autonomous technology in the London Borough of Newham. • In April 2017, the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment Project began a trial of one autonomous pod. • Also in April 2017, the Government announced the latest research and development activity for connected and autonomous vehicles. Three projects contain a London element, Capri, DRIVEN and StreetWise. More information is available on the Innovate UK website, which can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk. • The Mayor has signed up to the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, bringing together Mayors and senior city leaders to help cities prepare for AVs, learn from global activity and determine policy that is fit for the future. AV technology is a potentially significant development, which TfL will continue to follow closely as it does with all potential transport innovation. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago
Invicta Road Barrier Extension

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about extending a proposed environmental barrier to Invicta Road. During the Silvertown Tunnel Development Consent Order (DCO) examination, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) noise and air quality assessments were discussed in depth. These were reported in the Environmental Statement submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. The need for any environmental mitigation at Seibert Road or the Invicta Primary School as a result of the Silvertown Tunnel Scheme was not identified. However, as outlined in your petition, TfL has had discussions with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and has committed to providing an environmental barrier at Seibert Road to attenuate existing noise from the A102. This will be implemented separately to the scheme, should the DCO be approved by the Secretary of State. Any environmental barrier would of course be subject to feasibility checks (given the constraints of this location), consultation, and obtaining the necessary consents. A survey has recently been commissioned to inform the design and extent of the barrier, including investigating the section down to Invicta School. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago
A New Flag for all of London (Greater London)

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about having a new flag for Greater London. At City Hall we are proud to fly three different flags, the Union flag of Great Britain, the European Union flag and our ‘London Is Open’ flag alongside other flags such as the St George's Cross and the rainbow flag to mark occasions that are close to the heart of Londoners. These three flags, flying side by side, show that London is united and open to the world. The Mayor strongly believes that London is a city for all Londoners – entrepreneurial, international, and full of creativity and possibility. The key ingredient of our success is the flow of ideas and talent from all corners of the globe. London is one of the world’s most diverse cities with people from different nationalities, races and religions living in harmony here, contributing to every aspect of life in our city. We don’t just tolerate our differences, we celebrate them. At the moment we don’t have any plans to create an official London flag, as we believe that the three flags we currently fly are truly symbolic of London. Thank you again for writing. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago
New tube line(s) for south and south-east London

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website proposing new Tube lines for south and southeast London. The Mayor recognises that public transport in this part of London is not as effective as in other areas of the capital as it does not benefit from the London Underground. However, there are already a number of improvements planned for this area, which will help to improve rail transport services in southeast London: • The Elizabeth line is under construction and will include new stations at Woolwich and Abbey Wood, providing fast access to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End, including from a wide area of southeast London via connecting services; • The further upgrade of the Jubilee line will increase the frequency of trains at North Greenwich by 17% by 2019, carrying more people; and • Transport for London (TfL) is currently consulting on extending the Bakerloo line to Lewisham by 2028/29. The Mayor and TfL also remain committed to delivering a second phase of the extension, beyond Lewisham, and will be considering options for the route and destination of that further extension in due course. The public consultation for the Bakerloo line extension runs until 21 April 2017 and I would encourage you to participate in the consultation process. Further details can be found here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension/?cid=bakerloo-extension. The Mayor has also pressed for greater control over rail services in London so that all Londoners can benefit from the better service and lower fares offered on Transport for London (TfL) rail services. TfL has set out its proposals to significantly improve the National Rail network in southeast London, with higher frequencies, simpler service patterns, faster journey times, trains with wider and/or more doors and staff dispatching trains faster. These proposals were set out in its rail devolution business case, which is available to view on TfL’s website at: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/rail-devolution-business-case-narrative.pdf. Unfortunately the Government recently decided not to proceed with these proposals, however, the Mayor and TfL will continue to make the case for them. Separately, the Government has set out some options for National Rail services in southeast London. These are explained in Network Rail's Kent Route Study, and in the Department for Transport’s document on the new Southeastern Franchise – both of which are also currently out for consultation. Turning to the specific proposals in your petition, TfL will not be taking forward either of these proposals at the present time: 1. Having a new line from Bromley (central area) to Camden Town via Catford, Camberwell, Piccadilly Circus and Regent's Park/London Zoo does not seem likely to offer value for money as it would mostly run parallel to the existing Bakerloo line and its potential extension beyond Elephant and Castle. 2. As mentioned above, no decisions have yet been taken regarding the destination of a further Bakerloo line extension beyond Lewisham, but the Mayor and TfL remain committed to delivering a second phase. I hope you find this information helpful. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 months ago
More Bike Lanes, More Security.

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website requesting cycling lanes on school routes in London. I welcome your support and enthusiasm for improved cycling infrastructure in London. The Mayor and I are committed to increasing active travel in London and encouraging more people to walk, cycle and use public transport. As part of this, the Mayor has introduced the Healthy Streets Approach which promotes his vision to reduce traffic, pollution and noise, while creating attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets. The Mayor’s new Transport Strategy will set out a broader approach to reducing car dependency and enabling a shift to more walking, cycling and public transport use. Cycling and walking are a vital part of the Healthy Streets Approach - making cycling an attractive and viable way to travel to school is included in this vision. The Mayor has committed a record level of investment to active travel and Transport for London (TfL) is putting it at the heart of what it does. This includes working with the boroughs to create more Quietways to help encourage more people to cycle and to make the most of the city’s green, attractive places. More Cycle Superhighways are also being constructed – these are high capacity, segregated cycling routes that provide a safe and comfortable way of getting into and across central London by bicycle. There is a particularly strong vision for Healthy Streets improvements to be delivered in, around and on routes to and from schools. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is also working with a range of partners to enhance air quality monitoring at schools. Boroughs will be able to work with schools to implement changes, using part of the record £1bn of funding being provided to boroughs to support local improvements to the transport network and tackle pollution in line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Vision over the next five years. Some boroughs are trialling road closures around schools already, including City of London (Sir John Cass Primary School) and Camden (St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School). Where appropriate, we would like to see road closures used around other schools and will be including stronger policies on this in the Transport Strategy and Environment Strategy. Maintaining local flexibility is key; depending on local circumstances road closures could last at peak times or for the whole school day. They could be aimed at specific types of vehicles (e.g. older vehicles or lorries). At some schools, road closures may not be appropriate at all and other interventions could be used to reduce pollution. As well as looking at infrastructure changes, TfL works with the local boroughs to deliver a wide range of education and training programmes to improve road safety and active travel for children and young people in London. TfL’s Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe (STARS) scheme launched in 2007 is a unique, globally-recognised school travel accreditation programme which aims to cut congestion and provide learning opportunities for young Londoners. STARS is celebrating its landmark 10th anniversary this year and encourages young Londoners to choose safe and active travel modes such as walking, cycling and scooting to school. Through STARS, TfL helps schools deliver successful travel plans and over half of the schools in London are part of the scheme, reaching across all London boroughs. STARS encourages the whole school community to think differently about their travel choices and how these choices can impact their health, wellbeing and the local environment. I understand you are working with your borough’s school travel adviser to reach silver level of accreditation on the STARS scheme. For further information on the scheme, please contact TfL by email at schoolsandyoungpeople@tfl.gov.uk. In addition, for secondary school pupils TfL offers the Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) scheme which empowers, trains and funds teams of secondary school students across Greater London to make a positive change on how their peers travel. TfL works with 130 secondary schools per year to run campaigns at their schools to encourage cycling, walking, road safety and responsible travel on public transport. I understand you have recently expressed interest in the YTA scheme so if you have any questions about it, please email yta@tfl.gov.uk. It is really important to ensure that all your fellow pupils who wish to cycle to school have the appropriate training. Through the London boroughs, TfL offers free Bikeability cycle training to years 5 and 6 children who live or study in London. Bikeability is a progressive syllabus that sees trainees progress through three levels. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. If you wish to arrange top up training at your school, please email TfL at schoolsandyoungpeople@tfl.gov.uk and they can liaise with your local borough’s cycle training provider to deliver this training, subject to funding availability. Yours sincerely, Will Norman Mayor's Walking and Cycling Commissioner

4 months ago