With London’s population projected to reach 11 million inhabitants by mid-century - a 37 per cent increase from 2011 - the need to house our growing population, and provide them with transport links, will continue to intensify.
New growth areas, new transport schemes
66,000 new homes need to be built every year to cater for this growth and meet the backlog. A number of ‘growth areas’ have been identified in the draft New London Plan – areas where significant numbers of houses can be built. Transport has a vital role to play in making these growth areas a success.
Under the Mayor’s current powers, the GLA is able to plan transport and housing together. The Mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050 sets out in more detail transport schemes that will enable growth. Part of our plans for Housing Zones will earmark funds for transport-related upgrades to support housing growth.
Some areas in the capital benefiting from new transport schemes are listed below.