Transport expert Christian Wolmar has promised to freeze fares for a year and pedestrianise Oxford Street if he’s elected Mayor.
Mr Wolmar, one of eight contenders hoping to be selected as Labour’s 2016 mayoral candidate, has also vowed to expand the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone to cover the whole the city rather than just the congestion charge zone as currently planned.
The pledges are contained in a new Transport Strategy published today.
Other proposals include introducing a franchising system for vans to reduce the number of firms making deliveries in each post code area and allowing passengers to switch buses at no extra cost within an hour of starting their journey.
Mr Wolmar has also promised further investment in measures to make London safer for cyclists.
Although he supports the planed Crossrail 2 link, Wolmar says the scheme would be downscaled from Transport for London’s preferred regional route to a metro service operating wholly in London.
Unveiling his strategy, Mr Wolmar said: “Transport is the life blood of London. Transport policy offers some of the biggest opportunities to make radical changes towards making London more affordable, liveable and sustainable.
“For London to thrive, it needs a comprehensive transport system. For Londoners to thrive, the system needs to be affordable and accessible. For the world to survive, London must move towards a system that is sustainable and does the least possible damage to the environment.”