Can London be transformed into a National Park City?

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Khan's plans mean fewer dark spots and no more suffering with connection dropouts on the underground as you jump between stations and desperately stab the Wi-Fi logo in hope of connecting again before the train starts moving.

While regular commuters who spend hours each week stuck underground with limited service rejoiced, some have questioned whether two years is a realistic target for the roll out.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is planning to fight connectivity problem areas and bring mobile coverage to the London Underground.

"No matter how the network is used, i.e. whether the user is making a regular voice call, transferring files to a client before a meeting or simply streaming video on their commute, mobile networks now need to consistently deliver the best experience to all".

A draft version of the London Environment Strategy, released today (11 August), details Khan's vision of making London a greener, cleaner and healthier place by tackling the air quality crisis once and for all and delivering more efficient buildings, cleaner transport and better recycling methods. The Elizabeth Line will be the first track to introduce mobile coverage, but this will not be live until December 2018.

The package of measures announced by the Mayor also includes the establishment of a new Not-Spot Team, which will work with local authorities and service providers to boost connectivity in London's most poorly connected areas.

Unveiling the draft strategy at Woodberry Wetlands, north London, Mr Khan said: "London is home to outstanding green spaces that I want to protect, invest in and improve as we aim to become the world's first National Park City".

Sadiq also announced a City Hall summit to bring together local authorities and help them apply for government funding. "Internet connectivity is now a key public utility, and it is no surprise that some businesses see poor connectivity as a barrier to growth". The GLA has already supported work of the City of London Corporation to develop a standardised wayleave agreement, and now intends to work across London to develop standard mobile wayleave.

As for overground rail, areas such as Rotherhithe, as well as some parts of Westminster and the City of London are considered to be some of the most problematic areas for connectivity in London.

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