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