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EU Transport Commissioner visits London to look at sustainable and smart city planning
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Published on 14-04-11

In a day visit to London the EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, used all modes of transport – plane, train, tube, bus and even a bike! He was in town to explore local pioneering practices in sustainable and smart city planning. The Vice-President visited an air quality monitoring station at Baker Street tube station before taking a ride on  one of London's hydrogen- powered buses.  A pilot project part funded by the EU and part of a broader drive at EU level to support a shift away from more traditionally fuelled combustion engines. Mr Kallas also went to see first-hand a docking station for the London bike-hire scheme.

    EU Transport Commissioner visits London to look at sustainable and smart city planning

    Vice-President Kallas said: "It is great to be in London today and see for myself how this city is coming up with solutions to challenges facing all European cities. It takes creative thinking and integrated planning to tackle today's transport challenges. This is why the European Commission has come up with a Transport White Paper, which gives high importance to integrated urban mobility with the goal of innovating for the future."

    The visit comes two weeks after the European Commission launched Transport 2050, its strategic vision for a competitive and sustainable transport system for Europe. It includes ambitious goals to cut CO2 emissions generated by transport by 60% by 2050. 

    While in London, Vice-President Kallas met Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) and other TfL representatives and discussed congestion charging, smart ticketing and contingency planning for the Olympic Games in 2012. He later met with London Mayor Boris Johnson and his team to get an insight into cycling schemes and road space management.

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