London rail lines to be ‘boxed in’?

ENGINEERING consultant WSP has suggested London’s open-air rail routes could provide a solution to the capital’s housing crisis.

WSP believes ‘boxing in’ around 10% of the city’s 1,142km of surface railways could create enough space to develop around 250,000 new homes – enough to satisfy demand for five years at current levels of growth.

Could London’s railways provide a solution to the city’s housing crisis? Engineering consultant WSP believes building new homes on decks above main routes could provide vital extra development land. NETWORK RAIL

Since 2000, London’s population has grown by an average 95,000 people each year, but in 2016/17 just 6,423 homes were completed.

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Official figures suggest around 50,000 new homes are needed each year to keep up with demand.

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