Plans to create a clutch of so-called “super hubs” and a high speed orbital transport route around outer London have been ditched by London Mayor Boris Johnson
Acting on recommendations in the Outer London Commission’s interim conclusions, City Hall said the drive to boost economic prosperity across the suburbs will focus on attracting new business and customers to existing town centres.
The commission, which is headed by former Merton LBC chief executive William McKee, said town centres should be turned into transport hubs into which routes from outer areas would feed into. This would make better use of existing transport networks and help town centres to attract new businesses and customers, it said.
Mr Johnson said that while the Commission’s final report had not yet been published, work to boost the economic prosperity of outer London needed to begin as quickly as possible.
He added: “These findings confirm my view that outer London’s town centre network is critical to the capital’s prosperity in the 21st Century.”
With much of the mayor’s core support located in the suburbs, the Commission’s findings will be closely watched.