Archive for January 2014

Soho Public Realm

A major review of Public Realm in Soho is being undertaken by Publica on behalf of the Council and is currently in discussions and consultation.

In anticipates a significant increase in the number of people coming into Soho that Crossrail and the large number of developments currently being undertaken. Also Soho is changing, practically on a daily basis, and the use and intensity to which the limited Public Realm is being put is also changing and increasing.

A link to the current version of the study is attached and shows the depth and detail into which the work is being undertaken.

If you have any comments or input now is the time to have your say.

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NAO Update on Crossrail

Residents in the West End, who will feel the benefit of Crossrail when the services opens in 2018, but who will by then have suffered many years of disruption will welcome today’s report from the National Audit Office which finds that residents interests as taxpayers’ in the Crossrail programme has so far been well protected.

The National Audit Office report states “If progress in providing the new rail service for London and the South-East can be maintained and risks managed, then the programme is on course to achieve value for money.”

When complete, the line will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport in the west, to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east, passing through the West End with a major hub interchange at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road which will deliver 24 trains per hour service at peak times in each direction.

Crossrail has a total budget of £14.8 billion to build the infrastructure.

According to today’s report, the strategic need for Crossrail has become clearer over time as increased population and employment growth in London have been forecast. The report also confirms that Crossrail’s benefits are expected to outweigh its costs, likely to exceed the original Department forecasts that Crossrail will bring £1.97 of transport benefits for every £1 of cost, and potential for it to bring wider economic benefits.

About half of the infrastructure work is now complete, including major tunnelling work under the West End. You can see the full progress of works in our area here:

Today’s NAO report states that progress is just behind schedule, but the necessary steps have been taken to allow the NAO to be confident that the project will meet the planned delivery date. Forecast costs remain within available funding of £14.8 billion.

To read the full audit report, please visit