When London is connected, doing business is cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient. Today, the newly opened Elizabeth Line enables people to move across the capital like never before, transforming the geography of London for commuters and visitors alike. After BusinessLDN brokered the innovative funding package, the line demonstrates what can be achieved when businesses and policymakers connect to find solutions that benefit the UK.
But challenges remain. The pandemic has broken the funding models for our public transport and altered patterns of demand. Major investments to enable growth are being scaled back or put on ice. Uncertainty hangs over everything from the future of road pricing in the capital to the structure of the UK’s rail network.
Meanwhile, the world is reopening for business. International trade routes have long been one of the competitive advantages that London provides to the UK but reclaiming the top spot in Europe cannot be taken for granted and the need to decarbonise is urgent. The next phase of London’s connectivity journey must focus on keeping Londoners moving, improving how freight and deliveries travel around the city, and winning the global race for trade. BusinessLDN will continue pushing for London to be a green, efficient, and affordable springboard for businesses wanting to access the UK and the rest of the world.