Central London Walking Networks

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St., London EC1M 6EJ
Thu, 28/11/2019 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

London Living Streets and the Urban Design Group , in conjunction with Transport for London, invite you to a half-day conference to discuss the Central London Walking Network.

The event will be of interest to any town or city thinking about creating similar networks. The ideas being developed for central London can be applied anywhere.

Central London is bursting with people on foot. Yet most of its streets are devoted to and dominated by motor traffic. The Central London Walking Network proposes a web of routes that will make walking the easy, natural and safe option for all its residents, workers and visitors.


The speakers include leading politicians and practitioners: 

  • Tim Mitchell  Deputy Leader (Delivery) and Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, including transport (Westminster)
  • Will Norman  Mayor of London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner
  • Adam Harrison Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden (including Transport)
  • Oliver Sells QC  Chairman, Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee (City of London)
  • John Dales  Urban Movement 
  • Jodie Eastwood  Chief Executive, The Knowledge Quarter
  • Emily Candler  Director, Exhibition Road Cultural Group
  • Katja Stille  Tibbalds, Urban Design Group 
  • Claudia Webbe  Islington Council Executive Member for Environment and Transport
  • Kate Jeffery  Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience


Attendees will be invited to bring ideas about great walking routes in Central London and to share ideas about tackling the barriers to walking. 



  • UDG Members £5
  • General tickets £7
  • Students £3



About the Central London Walking Network

The Network connects London’s iconic destinations, railway stations and parks using London’s ancient, characterful streets for those on foot, leaving the big roads built by the Victorians and Edwardians for through motor traffic. These older streets would often need relatively small improvements to create safe, clean, quiet, pleasant and interesting walking environments.

The Network also links projects, proposed and underway, including Camden’s West End Project and the redevelopment of Holborn gyratory and Westminster’s plans for Strand Aldwych. By linking these, and other attractions and transport interchanges, the network connects and presents London as an outstanding commercial and cultural destination.

The Network's benefits:

  • A network of clean, safe, quiet, and interesting streets
  • Enables and invites visitors, residents and workers to walk between transport interchanges and attractions, taking the pressure off public transport and reducing the reliance on private hire vehicles
  • Presents London as world-class city where people want to visit, live, work and learn
  • Increases active travel and healthy lifestyles
  • Creates low pollution walking routes
  • More people walking creates commercial opportunities for businesses and landowners
  • Improves road safety by providing more space for walking and improved crossing points

More information about this London Living Streets campaign is available here