London 2050: Rethinking Long-Term Planning

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

In this public lecture, Isabel Dedring presented new ideas for strategic, long term planning in cities against the backdrop of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050. Isabel, who formerly served as the Mayor of London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport and is currently Arup’s Global Transport Leader, combined the London experience with new insights from cities globally. The lecture focused on questions of integrating land use, urban form and infrastructure provision, while addressing the political tension between short term election cycles and the continuity required for long term planning.

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    Isabel Dedring

    Isabel Dedring is the Global Transport Leader at Arup where she is responsible for driving the development of the firm’s business across the transport sector. Isabel joined Arup in March 2016 from London’s City Hall, where she was Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London where she was responsible for setting policy and ensuring delivery across the Mayor’s transport portfolio. Key projects she initiated and delivered included the Tube Reliability Programme which led to a 40% reduction in Tube delays; the £300m Growth Fund to fund transport infrastructure to unlock new house building; the Mayor’s new £1bn cycling infrastructure programme; and London’s first-ever roads strategy and the associated £4bn implementation programme.

    Tony Travers

    Tony Travers is Director of the IPA and also of LSE London.  He is a professor in the Department of Government. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He has been an advisor to the Communities & Local Government Select Committee and also to other Parliamentary committees. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British GovernmentThe Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis); Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills); The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50. He has chaired a number of official commissions, including the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance in Wales and the London Finance Commission.