Transport for London has agreed to provide technical advice and expertise to India in support of the country’s efforts to modernise and clean-up its public transport services.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is looking to introduce cleaner fuels to help reduce pollution and cut costs, as well as boosting capacity and modernising passenger services.
To inform this work, it’s looking to international counterparts and agencies such as TfL which already has proven success in smart ticketing and is committed to cleaning up London’s bus fleet.
A Memorandum of Understanding between TfL and the Ministry was signed in New Delhi earlier this week and comes after Mayor Sadiq Khan’s recent meeting with India’s transport minister, Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari says it’s important that India “promotes convenient and comfortable public transport”.
TfL will share its insights into moving people out of cars cars and onto public transport, as well as sharing expertise on how cleaner buses can support wider environmental policies, and new ways of selling and promoting fares.
Shashi Verma, the agency’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “Following the Mayor’s successful trade mission to India last month, I’m delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
“Good public transport is essential to support sustainable economic growth, and as demand increases it’s vital that improvements are made.
“This MoU will enable us to improve transport by sharing our experiences of dealing with some of these issues.”