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 benefits tied to planned stations, while others have yet to grasp Crossrail’s local regeneration potential.

What are the key ingredients? What kinds of partnerships are required to maximise benefits? Perhaps most importantly, what strategies have successful boroughs used which can be replicated across Greater London?

To tackle these and other questions, Future of London has launched a major research programme on maximising regeneration potential around Crossrail stations.

Sponsored by Crossrail, Arup, GVA, and London Communications Agency, this multi-part programme is focused on delivery. It is designed to share strategies and best practice from areas which have seized station-area regeneration opportunities from Crossrail and its predecessors; to identify the opportunities remaining; and to look at how stakeholders can work across sectors and boundaries to deliver resilient communities at these revitalised hubs.

Through research seminars, a major report, a launch event and site visits, we will examine opportunities seized and missed, from the Jubilee Line through Crossrail 2, and identify key ingredients in successful schemes, with the help of public- and private sector economists, regeneration and planning experts. The work and final report will highlight transferable lessons, with the aim of supporting communities receiving any type of major transport project.

The project will be guided by a senior steering group which includes:

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Following today’s initial project meeting, work on maximising Crossrail starts in earnest, and the programme will run through Spring 2014. Opportunities to take part in the research are forthcoming; until then, please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.