London First publishes infrastructure manifesto for LondonAugust 30, 2013
London First, the business membership organisation, today set out ten infrastructure priorities for the capital, and called for action from the Government and Mayor to overcome remaining planning and funding obstacles to delivery.
By 2016 London’s population is forecast to hit an all-time high of 8.7 million people, climbing towards 10 million by 2030. On such population projections, London will need another 450,000 jobs over the next decade and another 400,000 homes. More people will place additional strain on London’s existing infrastructure, much of which is already heavily used and dates back to Victorian times. Action is needed now to support jobs and growth in London.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said: “For too much of the last century our attitude was to ‘make do and mend’. As London approaches its largest ever population, we now need to recapture the visionary spirit of the Victorians and plan and deliver infrastructure networks fit for a growing world city. London has world class architects, engineers and developers – all ready to go. We now need leadership from the Government and Mayor to deliver the long-term planning and funding frameworks that will enable new housing, transport and utility infrastructure to be built”.
London First has identified ten priority areas for action and delivery. These include:
- Additional airport capacity in the south-east, served by better rail links
- Completion of key rail projects such as Crossrail and Thameslink
- Progress on the next generation of rail upgrades such as Crossrail 2
- Continued investment in the Tube upgrade programme
- New river crossings in east London
- Completion of superfast broadband and mobile broadband rollout
- New and upgraded power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure
- Investment in road improvements and new ‘flyunders’
- Modernised water and sewerage infrastructure, such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel
- A step change in new housing supply
For further information contact Fran Edwards, Media Relations Manager at London First on 0207 665 1427, mobile 07535 977004 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org