Happy 150th Anniversary for London Underground

150 years ago today, on the 9th January 1863, the first stretch of the London Underground opened for the public between Paddington and Farringdon Station (just next to Future of London’s offices today). A group of dignitaries rode the first underground railway in the world on the relatively short five mile journey, a precursor to today’s … [Read more...]

The Community Infrastructure Levy in London

In this latest Future of London Policy Focus Paper, FoL Director Ben Harrison provides an overview of the key features of the Government's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - a new tool designed to generate additional infrastructure investment - before analysing the Mayor plans to introduce CIL to the capital. To download the paper, click … [Read more...]

Accelerated Development Zones for London?

I was in Enfield earlier this week talking about the impact that spending cuts were having on local regeneration and economic development projects, and it is clear that with critical central government grants being cut back - from LABGI to Growth Point monies - greater local revenue raising powers are going to be needed to fill the gap and deliver … [Read more...]

Cuts to tube threaten economic growth, say London MPs

This week MPs representing seats across the capital signed an Early Day Motion urging Chancellor Osbourne to recognise the £66 billion of economic benefits modernisation works to the London Underground networking could bring. It is feared that crucial upgrades to the network could be in danger should Mr Osborne implement the proposed 25 to 40 … [Read more...]