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Mayor urged to look beyond the capital

London City Hall   20090804

London’s next mayor should plan for the infrastructure needs of communities across the wider South East, a senior industry figure has urged.

Patrick Flaherty, chief executive for the UK and Ireland at infrastructure giant Aecom, said whoever is elected tomorrow must take a broad view of the capital’s needs.

Londoners will vote for a new mayor on 5 May, with Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith among the candidates to take over from Boris Johnson.

Flaherty said: “If London is to maintain its leading status as one of the world’s greatest cities, the new mayor must take a strategic approach that integrates housing with the infrastructure and employment needs of communities across London and, just as importantly, its surrounding region.

“London needs an ambitious, joined-up strategy for housing, infrastructure and employment growth if it is to keep its status among the world’s most successful cities. Consideration must be given to how this can be achieved, taking into consideration the limitations of the mayor’s authority, which is confined to the formal Greater London boundaries.”

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