An engineering firm suggests building housing on London’s open railway lines and a decade-old report on inadequate emergency lighting at Grenfell emerges
In the news
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.
On social media
Some awful puns in reaction to the railway line plan:
At least the suggestion is along the right lines! t.co/1g1ImDEj84— Jan Taranczuk (@Jantaran)
I like your train of thought!— Paul Hackett (@PaulHackett10)
I like your train of thought!— Paul Hackett (@PaulHackett10) November 2, 2017