Crossrail as Catalyst
As one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, Crossrail will help keep London moving as the population grows and demand for transport infrastructure rises. With 30 of 40 Crossrail stations within London local authority boundaries, there’s huge potential impact for the capital – not just in terms of moving people, but for boosting housing numbers and economic growth.
There are also challenges. Land and property around Crossrail stations often falls under multiple ownership, whether local authority, TfL, Network Rail, or private landlords. In many areas, Crossrail has unlocked development; in some cases, it’s also attracted developers seeking quick financial gain rather than interest in the long-term wellbeing of a neighbourhood. And, while some local authorities have been proactive in designing strategies to capture value from Crossrail, others have struggled to work effectively with stakeholders and drive positive development.
Future of London has tracked how local authorities and other stakeholders are responding to Crossrail. In 2014, Crossrail as Catalyst shared best practice from areas that harnessed development opportunities from Crossrail. In 2017, GVA commissioned Future of London to revisit this topic, reviewing how stakeholders are seeking to capitalise on Crossrail as it nears completion.
Crossrail Impact Update
Led by GVA with interviews and qualitative information supplied by Future of London, this report assesses Crossrail’s impact on development and how stakeholders are responding as the scheme nears completion. Download the report from GVA’s website.
Crossrail as Catalyst
This report is focused on delivery: it is shares best practice from areas which have made the most of Crossrail and its predecessors; identifies further opportunities; and sees how stakeholders can work across sectors and boundaries to deliver resilient communities at these revitalised hubs. Download the report.
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