Orbital railway is high on Mayor of London's £1.3 trillion agenda

Work has begun to design an orbital metro-style train link connecting London’s suburbs, after Boris Johnson announced his Infrastructure 2050 Plan.

The £200 billion project would introduce a high-speed orbital railway to link zone three’s suburban areas in a bid to keep up with the capital’s increasing population, expected to rise as high as 11 million over the next several decades.

According to Mayor Johnson, Barking Riverside “will be Piccadilly Circus…in 100 years’ time” as London’s population begins to shift to the east, so a huge investment in new forms of transport is required. The £200 billion being set aside for the orbital railway is just a small amount of the £1.3 trillion total investment laid out in Johnson’s Infrastructure 2050 Plan, planningresource.co.uk notes.

The demand for rail transport in London is expected to increase by 80 per cent, and Johnson is predicting some 50,000 new homes will need to be built. The 2050 Plan also looks at tackling the pressure placed on energy supplies, water and schools.

Johnson said: “Transport infrastructure makes all the difference to the prospects of a community,” reports dailymail.co.uk.

“Population growth is unstoppable. You’ve got to go with the grain of how people want to live their lives. If they want to live in the greatest city in the world, there’s no point in trying to fight them off with a pitchfork,” he added.