Why London Needs Major Transport Projects.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
London continues to thrive despite Brexit fear and uncertainty with markets, banks and investors. This uncertainty has created doubts about the feasibility of major civil engineering projects for London and the surrounding areas.
The city is in dire need of improved transport links and Crossrail is coming soon to relieve some of the pressure on the current infrastructure and also create a larger commutable distance for people. Such a major engineering achievement could act as the release valve for the overheated London property market as it allows easier commutes in Central London from areas such as Reading and rural Essex.
However, the uncertainty with Brexit has created a situation where politicians are reviewing the feasibility of projects such as Crossrail 2 and HS2. The reasoning behind HS2 might not stand up to scrutiny given the lack of infrastructure investment in the Midlands and the North of England but the need for Crossrail 2 is very great and very real.
As with the M25, both Crossrail projects could actually come to fruition and still alleviate the transport problems of the city as they would be already be too little too late. Both would be a great addition to an already heaving rail service but would not be the one stop solution to the transport problems of the fast growing city.
London needs both Crossrails now, not in 15 years when they will be obsolete and uncertainty over political issues should not lead to the neglect of transport infrastructure that will have serious effects on the viability of London as a place to work and live.