The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has outlined his agenda to secure London’s future as the “best big city in the world” as he presented his vision for the capital’s growth as a key driver of the UK economy at City Hall.
The Mayor has published ‘2020 Vision – The Greatest City on Earth; Ambitions for London’. It highlights the challenges facing the capital – including that London’s population will hit ten million by 2030. The Mayor said that London needs 400,000 new homes in the next ten years.
The Mayor highlighted that the capital now contributes a greater share to the UK’s economic output than any point in its history.
He said that Londoners need jobs and homes – and a quick and convenient way of getting from one to the other. He also said that young adults must have the chance to develop the skills and confidence to get jobs in the creative, tech, finance, construction, hospitality and service industries in which London excels.
Highlighting emerging opportunity areas across London, including Battersea, the Royal Docks, Greenwich, Tottenham, and Croydon, amongst others, the Mayor talked of the need to invest in Crossrail2, together with new tube extensions and river crossings.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “My goal is to lengthen London’s lead as the greatest city on earth.”
“To succeed we must recognise the test of our mettle that lies ahead, not least a million more people in the next decade and a vast shortage of homes in an uncompromising global economy. This shows us why the government must invest in London’s future for the good of the whole of the UK and exactly why we must continue to attract international investment.”
Mayor Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils, said: “I welcome this timely piece of work from the Mayor, particularly his highlighting the value of partnership to address shared issues around housing, transport and regeneration.”