We are seeing a lot of change in the City at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be here. From the development of Crossrail to the growing pressure to deal with air pollution, the City of London is at the cutting edge. Some of the changes going on around us at the moment include:
- Currently Crossrail is under construction; Europe’s largest construction project, transforming rail transport running over 100km from Reading and Heathrow through London to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the East. With 40 Crossrail stations including 10 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood. This is London’s key to enhancing commutes and enabling further economic development. Trains will run through Central London in late 2018 and with regeneration across the capital, this will add an estimated £42bn to the economy of the UK.
- Air quality is an example of a growing issue and there will be trials of pedestrianisation starting at Bank. Finsbury Circus will return as a green space once the Crossrail has vacated – great for a lunchtime spot of fresh air.
- The Museum of London is moving from London Wall to Smithfield Market www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/transforming-smithfield-market
- The City of London aims to sponsor 12 Academy schools and over the next 3 years there are 5 next Academy Schools being built
- City YMCA hostel is being re-developed after being awarded a grant by the Mayor of London from the Department of Health Funding. This hostel is due to open by autumn 2016 and will help 10,000 homeless young Londoners over the next 60 years www.cityymca.org
So in spite of our dismay at the closing of the Waterstones on London Wall, this truly is an exciting time to be working in and contributing to the City of London.