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Boris plans £1 trillion infrastructure programme

London mayor Boris Johnson has set out plans for more than £1 trillion investment in the capital’s infrastructure.

Launching a consultation on his 2050 London Infrastructure Plan, Johnson said the city could lose its global status without a major improvement programme.

His plan includes at least one more Crossrail scheme, a hub airport in the Thames Estuary, an orbital road tunnel and 9,000ha of new green space.

Johnson said: “This plan is a real wake-up call to the stark needs that face London over the next half century.

“Infrastructure underpins everything we do and we all use it every day. Without a long term plan for investment, and the political will to implement it, this city will falter.”

The Mayor intends to establish a London Infrastructure Delivery Board consisting of representatives of London’s main infrastructure providers.

Arup has estimated the total cost of the plan at up £1.3 trillion, although Johnson wants to find ways to reduce this.

The consultation on the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 will run for three months, and the Mayor is expected to publish a final report in early 2015.

Civils firms backed the report.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “Our industry has long argued that long-term visibility of workload is essential if we are to play our part in delivering world-class infrastructure in an efficient and timely manner.

“An infrastructure plan for London which has cross-party support will encourage innovation, better resource allocation, an improved skills base and a more stable workforce throughout the construction sector.”

The mayor’s plan has also won support from a wide range of senior industry figures.

The population of London is forecast to increase by 37% by 2050, to more than 11M people.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I would have thought it would be far more sensible and in the interest of UK to invest more in decentralizing UK, not sinking so much in London which will probably be to the detriment of other, more deprived areas.

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  • Has the maths been done right here, 1 trillion is 1000 billion???? obviously engineers need their maths checking!

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