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Morning Briefing: build homes over railways

An engineering firm suggests building housing on London’s open railway lines and a decade-old report on inadequate emergency lighting at Grenfell emerges

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The way to solve London’s housing crisis is to build homes over open railway lines in the capital, says a new report from engineering firm WSP.

The report, covered here by The Telegraph, suggests that around a tenth of London’s 1,142km of open rail could be boarded over and blocks of homes built on top, creating space for 250,000 new homes.

A 2005 report into poor emergency lighting in Grenfell Tower has emerged following a long battle by residents. Many survivors reported difficulty escaping from the pitch black hallways during the blaze. You can read our report here.

Also this morning, Bloomberg carries an in-depth piece about the major development project on Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London.

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Some awful puns in reaction to the railway line plan:

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