Young Londoners will help shape the capital’s transport network as Transport for London (TfL) is to start including people under the age of 25 at senior meetings.

From later this month, a member of the TfL Youth Panel will actively represent the views of young Londoners at TfL’s quarterly Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources Panel (SSHRP) and Customer Service and Operational Performance Panel (CSOPP) meetings.

Youth panel (c) TfL

The young representatives will work with all 30 of TfL Youth Panel members to review papers in advance of the meetings and formulate questions and suggestions they wish to put to TfL leaders and panel members.

With more than a third of the capital’s population under the age of 25, TfL says that its important that it seeks the views of young people to ensure the transport network is safe, accessible and inclusive for this demographic.

Seb Dance, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “It’s great to see that TfL will be ensuring young people’s voices are represented at senior meetings from now on. With a third of our capital’s population under 25, it is vital that young people’s ideas and views are heard, as we work together for a greener, safer and more accessible network for all Londoners.”

Last autumn TfL’s Youth Panel launched an independent report focusing on making London’s transport network more equitable, inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The report, Tomorrow’s TfL: The Youth Panel’s vision for the future was the result of 12 months’ research that saw TfL’s Youth Panel take an in-depth look at these topics and engage with experts and thought leaders to produce their findings, including holding public hearings at City Hall.

The report sets out nine policy recommendations on how TfL and the Mayor of London can make transport in London more sustainable and inclusive. This included TfL Youth Panel representation at senior meetings, introducing Youth Travel Ambassadors across London and publishing proposals to overcome the barriers to sustainable travel, with a focus on ethnic minority groups, people with physical and mental health conditions, and those from deprived backgrounds.

Building on existing efforts and progress to date, TfL said that it will work with the Youth Panel to take forward these recommendations and to explore other key challenges facing young people in the capital.

TfL’s recently published ambitious new customer plan, Equity in Motion, is a key part of this response to the Youth Panel’s recommendations. The plan commits to more than 80 actions to ensure as many Londoners as possible can access and benefit from public transport and that London’s transport network is welcoming and inclusive. The wide-ranging commitments in the plan cover key areas for improvements around accessible travel, keeping customers safe, understanding customers, affordable travel, inclusive information and connecting Londoners.


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  1. Peter Gresswell says:

    This is great, but I hope there is a similar way of ascertaining the views of the over 25s. Is there an over-60s panel for example?

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