Town Centres core to Mayor’s plans for Outer London

Boris johnsonBoris Johnson has pledged to put Londons town centres at the heart of his plans to beat the recession and ensure the capital remains one step ahead of its financial rivals at home and abroad.

Acting on the key recommendation of his Outer London Commission, the Mayor has rejected the idea of developing several economic super hubs. Instead, the Mayor plans to target resources at town centres across London, which is, according to the Commissions interim conclusions, the best way to realise outer Londons economic potential.

The Mayor said: These findings confirm my view that outer Londons town centre network is critical to the capitals prosperity in the 21st Century.”

The Commission also recommended turning town centres into transport hubs into which routes from outer areas would feed, and rejected the idea of an orbital transport system.  Their preferred hub and spoke model would make much better use of the existing transport network, they say.

However, Jenny Jones, Chair of the GLA Planning and Housing Committee, said; “Although available funding will be limited for some time, the Mayor must protect his vision for growth in outer London by fighting for investment for the new orbital transport links the suburbs also need if they are to thrive.”

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