"Rail bagel" could offer alternative to the M25

A so-called “rail bagel” could encircle London within the next 20 years to offer an alternative to the M25, ft.com reports.

London has already made numerous provisions to help with the predicted population boom, which includes the Crossrail service to take the strain off the Underground. Now, the capital could go one step further by introducing a rail equivalent of the M25 which will circle Greater London.

A plan detailing the high speed rail orbital is set to be delivered within the next 12 months, before city planners mull over the idea alongside other alternatives to determine which is the most viable and cost effective compared to benefits or returns offered.

The proposals have been designed with the population boon in mind, with London set to see its population grow from today’s level of eight million to nine million by 2020 and ten million within the following decade. Locals won’t be the only ones set to benefit from improved infrastructure, however, as tourists and business people heading to London’s event spaces may soon have significantly more choice when it comes to choosing their routes.

Speaking to londonlovesbusiness.com of the requirements London faces, rail bagel champion and deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring explained: “Over the longer term, what we need is high-speed public transport connections to tackle congestion and help town centres thrive.

“The more you look at it, the more you realise the road network staying as it is today just isn’t going to work over the next five to 10 years.”