TfL Railway arches (4)

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many railway arches owned by Transport for London (TfL) have a) short leases, and b) long leases? Could you include vacant properties in these figures and provide details of what this figure was at the end of each of the financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18?


TfL Railway arches (4)

TfL Railway arches (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) owns some 800 arches across London. Several leases cover more than one arch, so there are only 365 leases across the portfolio. 305 leases are up to six years, 55 range between six and 35 years, and five are over 35 years.

Information on the number of vacant arches was set out in my answer to 2018/3058. 70 were vacant at the end of 2016/17 and 57 were vacant at the end of 2017/18. Due to the way data was recorded historically it is not possible to give accurate figures prior to 2016/17.

TfL would be happy to meet with you to talk you through its arches portfolio and give you a tour of the estate.