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Long-Term Transportation Corridor Protection Study

Downtown trafficThe City of London Transportation Plan Review was adopted in principle by Council on October 17, 1994. The Transportation Plan recommended road improvements and a set of Transportation Demand Management programs that together address the City's needs to a population of 400,000 residents. Road improvement projects are generally being completed to keep pace with the City's 20 year needs. More recently, we have hired a Transportation Demand Management Coordinator to provide a more comprehensive and proactive approach to Transportation Demand Management programs.

The 1994 Transportation Plan Review also recommended the City identify and protect a corridor for the development of an expressway standard ring road to address longer term transportation needs. Consideration was given to protecting a ring road corridor as part of amending the City's Official Plan through OPA 88. Having regard for the lack of detailed documentation on the need, impact and public involvement in selecting a preferred location, staff recommended the ring road proposed in OPA 88 be deleted.

In response to various enquiries and pending development applications in new growth areas City Council requested a Transportation Study be completed with the objectives of:

  • updating the City's transportation model with the latest census data, traffic patterns and growth projections;

  • identifying a variety of alternative solutions to future transportation needs including, but not limited to, widening existing roads; extending existing roads; and, creating new road corridors including establishing a potential ring road;
  • and,
  • identifying the actions required to protect corridors for those projects identified as preferred solutions to the City's long term transportation needs.

As part of this request, Council reaffirmed its commitment to work towards a 15% reduction in single occupant automobiles (SOV) through increased use of alternative forms of transportation including ride sharing, transit, cycling and walking. Concerns identified by the City's Transportation Plan Implementation Committee regarding the potential impact of a new ring road on the City's ability to achieve its modal split targets were forwarded to the consultant for consideration as part of this study.

Two Executive Summaries are available as pdf documents.

Process

To help guide this study and identify opportunities and constraints a steering committee of representatives with technical expertise from the Province of Ontario, County of Middlesex, County of Elgin, Township of Middlesex Centre, London Transit and the City's Planning and Environmental Services Departments was established.

Information was provided to the public and input was collected at various stages of this project through a telephone survey, four public information meetings, separate meetings with special interest groups, two newsletters posted on the www.london.ca and direct correspondence with numerous individuals.

Following release of the consultant's recommendations and a joint public participation meeting of the City's Environment & Transportation Committee with the Planning Committee, there were two public information meetings on the London Long-Term Transportation Corridor Protection Study. Held on January 19, 2000 and June 27, 2000, both session were in the Community Gallery of the London Regional Art & Historical Museums and provided an opportunity for participants to present their ideas to the study team members as well as raise concerns and ask questions. You can use the links below to view the on-line version of newsletters that were published prior to these meetings.

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More Information?

If you require additional information relating to the Transportation Corridor Study please contact:

  • (Transportation Division - City of London) 519.661.2500 Ext. 4934