The present patchwork of local authorities outside London does not foster the implementation of sustainable development, nor does it assist in achieving a balanced approach to an integrated transport provision for the country. Devolution of power to Scotland, Wales and the suspended assembly for Northern Ireland, together with the election of a powerful Mayor of London, does however auger well for a future pattern of devolved government that could begin to tackle the main problems associated with assuring the Nation of a sustainable future. Furthermore, the prospect of elected regional assemblies and strong city executives with London-type elected Mayors may further strengthen a system eminently suited to achieving sustainable development based on popular support.