London will mark ‘World Car Free Day’ this Sunday (September 22) with more than 20 kilometres of closed roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London.
In an attempt to address emissions issues, London has called for people to use other means of transport this weekend, and Venson is backing the initiative by urging company car drivers to ditch their car for the day.
Recent research from the leasing company found that 34% of motorists already choose public transport over driving. Just under a quarter of people 24% choose public transport to avoid congestion, while 30% use public transport because it’s quicker for getting from A to B with just 7% preferring to drive.
Alison Bell, marketing director at Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “As the London Car Free Day takes place on a Sunday, it’s a good opportunity for car drivers to test out if they truly need to jump in their vehicle. Instead they can try out other means of transport.
“Having a car free day gives motorists an opportunity to reimagine their city car-free.
“Car Free Day is marked across the world and it is hoped that the day will help encourage the change in behaviour needed to meet the Mayor’s ambitious target of 80% of all journeys to be taken via sustainable modes of transport by 2041, compared to 63% today.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan will close 20km of roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London so visitors can enjoy London without cars for the day.
TfL says there will be extensive road closures and restrictions in the City of London, Southwark and Tower Hamlets between 7am and 7pm on Sunday (September 22).
London Bridge and Tower Bridge will be closed to general traffic. Buses will still run across London Bridge and there will be access for emergency services.
Southwark Bridge may need to be closed to northbound traffic at short notice on the day to help manage traffic.
Westminster Bridge is closed westbound to general traffic for works.
TfL says roads in the surrounding areas will be extremely busy and to expect significant delays to road journeys.
Recently, TfL announced a 20mph speed limit for central London.