Report launch: Overcoming London’s Barriers

Launched on 11 December, Overcoming London’s Barriers, shares practical approaches to addressing barriers and their impacts, collected through a year of research and discussion with cross-sector practitioners throughout London.

Overcoming Barriers: redeveloping Euston

Opening in 1837, Euston was the first station to connect London with another city. At the same time, the station and the railway tracks leading to it have created a physical north-south and east-west barriers through the neighbourhood for decades. Over the next 15 years the station will be redeveloped, bringing high-speed rail … Read more

Beyond borders: Overcoming administrative barriers

Future of London’s Overcoming Barriers programme is looking at the impact of both physical barriers, such as roads, rail and rivers and administrative boundaries across London. The geography and impact of London’s administrative boundaries may not be as immediately obvious as those of its physical barriers, are no less relevant … Read more

Overcoming Barriers: Finsbury Park

Straddling three local authorities – Islington, Hackney, and Haringey – effective policymaking and regeneration in Finsbury Park depends on cross-borough co-operation. TfL and Network Rail are key players, along with businesses, residents, and community groups. On Thursday 20 September we visited Finsbury Park to hear from organisations working across boundaries … Read more

Overcoming barriers: Linking up Lewisham

field trip group in Catford

On 1 Aug, we visited Lewisham and Catford to learn how LB Lewisham is leading the way on transformative schemes to overcome major physical barriers, including removing a major roundabout and realigning the South Circular.

Overcoming physical barriers roundtable

physical barriers roundtable discussion

Major roads, railways, waterways and other infrastructure are integral for connectivity within London, but ironically risk causing local severance, dividing and cutting off communities. At our 19 July roundtable, senior cross-sector practitioners shared experiences of tackling physical barriers.

Solving Severance: Start with the people affected

Finding effective ways to address how roads, railways, and other infrastructure slice through communities first requires analysis of where and how those barriers actually affect people’s lives. Integrated Urban Analysis and User-Focused Design are two ways of understanding impacts.