How the dickens will we all fit?
For all of you troopers out there who this morning braved the crammed tubes, bustling buses, and trains where the chance of getting a seat is roughly the same odds as you waking up tomorrow and discovering you have been reincarnated as Kim Kardashian, you might want to look away now.
For London now has more people living in it than ever before.
And we’re about to get even more.
London’s population has just mushroomed over the 8.6 million mark, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has announced.
That was the level of its previous all-time peak, which was in 1939.
It means that there are now about 5,470 Londoners per square kilometre, as London covers 1,572 square kilometres.
Perhaps it’s little wonder, then, that thousands of people protested outside City Hall over the weekend about the lack of affordable housing in London.
And the population is going to grow much more…
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said London’s population is expected to grow to some 11 million by 2050.
That’s almost 28% higher than the number of people living in London today.
He called for greater fiscal devolution from the government to enable London to charge forward with infrastructure investment and job creation.
Speaking at the GLA announcement of the population news, he said: “With more green space than any other European city, a thriving economy, a low crime rate and a roaring cultural scene, it is no surprise that London is the place to be.
“Londoners should rest assured that we are working tirelessly to provide the homes, water, energy, schools, transport, digital connectivity and better quality of life they expect.
“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.”
John Dickie, director of strategy, London First, said: “While 8.6m Londoners is impressive, the city’s population is forecast to hit 10m by 2036.
“There is a lot to be done to make sure this growth is sustainable and London remains a great place to live, work, and visit.
“The challenges range from how we keep London on top as a leading economic and business hub, to how we build on the city’s emerging strengths in the technological and creative sectors.
“We also need to address the challenges to London’s basic foundations, including the need for a dramatic increase in long-term infrastructure investment and house-building.”
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