Crossrail, collaboration – and choreography?

Recent headlines have reflected Crossrail’s wide reach: news that nearly half of firms developing around the Crossrail line cited the scheme as justification for construction in their planning applications; the Mayor of London’s awarding of the ‘mini-Holland’ winners; an announcement from London Councils that surface stations will now undergo … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: Is collaboration the catalyst?

Research seminars are a vital component to Future of London’s projects, including our current programme on maximising the regeneration potential around Crossrail stations. Our first seminar for this project focused on practitioners’ experience and insight in receiving Crossrail across the Capital so far. Amongst other issues and opportunities, a … [Read more...]

Crossrail practitioners talk progress, debate process

Practitioners gathered at Arup on January 30th for the first research seminar in our project looking at strategies and best practice for realising regeneration and development around Crossrail stations. This session, dubbed Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far, provided a chance to both follow the research progress and to gain valuable, … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far

Construction of Crossrail reached its halfway point last week, a milestone which was ceremoniously marked at the site of Tottenham Court Road station by a team of policymakers including Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Stephen Hammond. As progress continues across the Capital – our Future London Leaders saw Bond Street station’s progress earlier in … [Read more...]

FLL: Digging into Crossrail at the Bond Street station

On 9th January, candidates from Round 6 of our Future London Leaders programme visited Crossrail’s Bond Street station - getting a bespoke opportunity to learn, see and ask some highly relevant questions about the progress of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The £14.8bn Crossrail project will add 10% to London’s commuter rail capacity … [Read more...]

Leveraging Crossrail for local benefit – new FoL research programme

As with any major infrastructure project, part of Crossrail’s promise has been to generate or enhance economic opportunity in the areas it touches, particularly through regeneration around stations. And as with previous rail projects in and around the Capital, results – at least so far – have been mixed. Some communities are seeing direct and rapid … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail’s impact in outer London

The first phase of Crossrail is currently under construction across Greater London and the South East, scheduled to begin operation in 2018. As Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, it is expected to cost about £14.8 billion in its construction phase, and may have a GDP impact of £42 billion. At the same time, London is abuzz about Crossrail 2 … [Read more...]

High Speed Rail – Getting the connections right

I attended an event this morning with the London Chambers of Commerce to launch their new report on Making the Most of High Speed Two ("HS2"). The construction of a new high speed rail line connecting London to major conurbations in the Midlands and North of England clearly has the potential to fundamentally impact upon the London economy, … [Read more...]