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Streets ahead: how will Londoners travel in the future?

Isabelle Aron

Call us crazy, but we hoped that by 2016 we'd be able to dodge London's hellish rush-hour traffic and hoverboard our way to work (blame Marty McFly), but sadly we're still slumming it on the bus. And don't listen to anyone that thinks those Segway-style monstrosities are 'hoverboards' – we all know that they're nothing but glorified scooters.

But how will London's roads and the way we travel on them change in the future? A new exhibition by TfL and New London Architecture aims to answer all our burning questions by exploring the past, present and future of the city's streets.

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Sure, it might seem like half the city is scrambling to get on the same Central line tube in the morning, but actually more than 80 percent of all journeys in the capital take place on the road. The exhibition will present alternative ideas to reshape the city, including 'intelligent' buses that pinpoint congestion, driverless cars, and shifting some of London's traffic into the sky – with drones replacing delivery services – and below ground, by transporting some of London's major roads to underground tunnels. Sadly their proposals don't seem to include any plans for real-life hoverboards just yet – but we can dream.  

Streets Ahead: The Future of London’s Roads is at the NLA Galleries at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT. January 27–February 24.

There's a new Banksy mural in Knightsbridge (but it might be getting removed)

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