Shortlisted for the NLA New Ideas for Housing - International Ideas Competition
London’s rail transportation system is split between The London Underground, which shares land with other uses above it, and the railways, which generally do not. It would be possible to substantially increase the amount of land available for homes if we were to build over our overground rail network.
1% of Greater London’s land area is taken up by railways, comprising some 1,522 hectares. If we built over even a quarter of this at 140 homes per hectare, it would be possible to deliver over 53,000 homes on land currently not considered available for use.