A £100m railway system that is designed to ferry passengers between London and the capital could open as early as next year, the Government has announced.
It has been estimated that the £100bn railway, called Garden Rail, would be able to carry as many as 1 million passengers a year by 2035.
The government has been working with local authorities to build a network of 1,000 stations in the capital, which is home to some of the world’s busiest rail lines.
Its goal is to reduce congestion on London’s roads and increase the number of trains on the network by up to 100,000 per year.
“Garden Rail is a major step forward for the transport network and we look forward to seeing more of the UK’s capital as it becomes more densely populated,” Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said.
He added: “The Government’s £500 million plan to modernise London’s transport network is delivering some of its biggest investments since the Second World War.
This is the first time the government has ever spent a billion pounds on a project that would benefit the economy and local people across the country.”
The railway would connect stations at Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Greenwich and Oxford Circus.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “This is part of a wider programme of investment in transport in London.
Garden rail is a new technology that will help to improve the network and improve mobility across the capital.
We want to build the network we need, not the network of a decade ago.”
We are working with the local authorities and our infrastructure partners to ensure the best possible service for people and businesses in London.
“Transport Minister Norman Baker said the railway would be part of the city’s transport strategy, which will focus on making London a “hub city” for regional and international transport.
There are currently 7,000 trains in London’s network.
Earlier this month, the Department of Transport announced plans to invest in more than 3,000 miles of underground rail links.
London’s Transport Secretary Paul Maynard said: “Our ambitious plans for rail link improvement mean we will continue to invest billions of pounds into the network to bring it up to date, modernise it and ensure we are able to move people around the city faster and more efficiently.
But there is no doubt that the next decade is going to be very busy, so we need to keep the UK moving.
“It’s not the first railway project to open up in the UK this year.
The Government also announced plans for a £5.5bn railway between London’s Kings Cross and Chelsea, which could open in 2018.
However, Mr Maynard dismissed concerns that a new railway link would put pressure on London commuters, who already spend a lot of time in the city.
I think people are aware of the rail network and its capacity and are aware that they will be moving through it,” he said.”
I think it will make a huge difference to how they live, work and play.
‘This is about jobs and people moving’The Garden Rail project is part the UK Government’s transport plan, which aims to modernisation London’s rail network.
In November last year, Transport Secretary Mr May said the scheme would reduce traffic congestion and cut emissions by 20 per cent.
Last week, Mr Baker said it was the first £5bn project the UK had ever spent on, and would lead to a “huge economic boost” for the capital and its region.
Mr Maynard told the BBC’s Today programme that the scheme was a “game-changer” and would help to boost jobs and boost the local economy.
In a recent report, the Institute for Public Policy Research said: ‘A major factor behind the improvement in London in the last five years has been a huge increase in the number and volume of passengers travelling on the capital’s rail networks.’
However this has been driven by an increased number of passengers who are commuting to the capital by bus, train and train-only, with the number using the network being largely the same or lower.
On the other hand, congestion in the Capital has risen in recent years, and the Government is now working to modernize London’s bus and rail networks in an effort to help reduce it.
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