The London European Partnership for Transport (LEPT) was established in 2006 as a new partnership to coordinate, disseminate and promote the sustainable transport and mobility agenda for London and London boroughs in Europe. LEPT works with the 33 London boroughs to build upon European knowledge and best practice, helping cities to work together to deliver specific transport policies and initiatives, and providing better value to London.
One of LEPT’s main roles is to identify, bid for and manage EU transport and mobility projects involving London boroughs which support their local priorities as well as fitting into the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
The work of LEPT has three main strands:
- Best practice personal exchange and information dissemination as a two-way process between London boroughs and European cities.
- Increased development, participation in, and management of EU projects.
- Active participation in EU decision making process for transport policy and legislation
LEPT's key objectives are to:
- Ensure a coordinated approach to London borough interest and activities in European project work
- Provide an efficient two-way communication process between all relevant stakeholders in London and Europe
- Provide an effective management structure that allows boroughs to maintain their individual interests and issues whilst benefiting from an overarching objective to promote London within the EU
- Coordinate bids for funding through the appropriate bidding processes, on both a local or national level and a European level
LEPT’s policy areas include encouraging increased cycling and walking; promoting alternative fuel vehicles; parking; transport technology, travel planning in schools and workplaces; the health aspects of transport; clean air; road safety; and the urban realm. Each initiative is monitored and evaluated as part of the delivery process, focusing on measurement of modal shift and the resulting environmental and health benefits.
LEPT has a track record of successfully bidding for and delivering EU-funded projects which encourage sustainable transport. Through LEPT, London boroughs can join projects with other European cities to address shared challenges, bringing extra knowledge, capacity and resources to the capital.