The Mayor of London has confirmed that the capital is now home to more people than at any time in its history – more than 8.6 million people are now living in London with the latest projections estimating that the city will be home to 11million people by 2050.
The Mayor believes this is a reminder of the huge levels of investment needed to ensure the city can continue to operate efficiently and successfully and generate surplus taxes for the rest of the country, and a reason why his London 2050 Infrastructure Plan is a vital element of future planning.
Interestingly, the latest population figures from the Mayor of London’s Office show Hillingdon as the borough that has seen the most growth since 1939, increasing from 159,000 people to an estimated 289,000 in 2015 – a jump of 82 per cent – which seems likely to be linked to the growth of Heathrow Airport over that time.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “London’s incredible population boom is testament to the fact that this is the best big city on the planet. What we need now is the Government to grant greater fiscal devolution to London so that we can properly fund the key infrastructure that is so vital to stimulate jobs.”