With London facing a range of challenges, including increasing congestion, diminishing air quality and lack of access to high quality green space, The Royal Parks’ Movement Strategy will aim to both protect the parks and enhance the park visitor experience. It will serve as a decision-making guide for all movement and access choices in the parks and will set out the charity’s long-term intentions.
This could include, but is not limited to:
- Increasing safety for all park visitors by minimising the conflicts between different transport user groups
- Promoting active and sustainable modes of transport as the first choice for visitors
- Reducing the impact of vehicle-based traffic on the parks
- Continuing to prioritise walking in the parks
Mat Bonomi, Head of Transport for The Royal Parks, said: “London’s population is projected to grow to 10 million residents by 2035* so more and more people are going to be using our parks to seek refuge from the busy city. We need to be prepared for this and do all we can to ensure that London remains one of the world’s greatest cities in which to live.
“The development of our movement strategy will ensure we are best placed to manage our parks effectively and efficiently in the future. As the charity managing over 5,000 acres of historic parkland and green space across London, we must ensure that we conserve and enhance these unique spaces and support the health and happiness of Londoners.”
A discussion paper, available at www.royalparks.org.uk/movement, sets out the draft vision and principles for the charity’s Movement Strategy. These summarise the organisation’s aspirations and provide the basis for developing a series of bold projects and proposals across all eight parks.
In addition to seeking input from key partners such as Transport for London and neighbouring boroughs, The Royal Parks also wants park visitors to get involved and is asking for their views to help create the long-term strategy. To find out more and take the survey, visit www.royalparks.org.uk/movement. The deadline to provide input is 14 July 2019. The new Movement Strategy will then be launched later in the year.