Staines Upon Thames, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 19, 2013 -- Beneath London's pavements there is a revolution happening. It is, the city's Mayor describes, one of the most significant developments ever in the capital and it will usher in a new golden age for London. Crossrail 2 might seem like just another infrastructure project but the ambition for the capital is for it to create a coherent network helping the city to prosper.
In the past week one of the major achievements of the project connecting London from east to west has been realised. The underground drills beneath Canary Wharf broke through. A ceremony marked the occasion in The City with London Mayor Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.
When major infrastructure projects are first announced there is often much talk of life-changing possibility, but when a completion date is often a decade into the future - Crossrail 2 is due for completion in 2018 - it can feel a long way off along with the benefits and regeneration it offers. Even Boris Johnson described it as "unimaginable" but adds that with the breakthrough under Canary Wharf "we can be in no doubt it's on its way".
If it is more tangible then perhaps it is time for business to start planning for what will happen when Crossrail 2 [http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/27405.aspx] is finally here. The £12 billion project will run across the east and west of London and will cut travel times, making it easier for people to travel in, out and around the capital. London's transport network and population will not stand still. Instead it will grow and expand putting more pressure on existing infrastructure.
Crossrail 2 is designed to accommodate that need for increased capacity. With the other major infrastructure scheme, HS2 improving the east coast mainline and connecting cities in the midlands and the north to London, there will be increased pressure on Euston station. Crossrail 2 aims to anticipate that need and plan for those extra passengers.
It is not the only scheme aimed at making travel around London easier. The Mayor has also announced his support for projects including a new Thames estuary airport, an extended bike scheme, an upgrade of the Tube system and an extra 2,000 Routemaster buses on London's streets.
The opportunity for business in London is clear. Making it easier to travel around the city makes it easier to do business. It makes London a more attractive place to live and to work. It associates the city with positivity and growth, rather than traffic jams and frustration.
As a company with 25 years in the business travel sector, Clarendon serviced apartments has seen London change and understands how vital investment in infrastructure is to make a city attractive to travellers. With serviced apartments in The City, Canary Wharf, the west and south west of London, Clarendon has seen the business community grow and become more attractive to firms around the world, who will welcome the opportunity to fly easily in and out of Heathrow. Increased investment and new clients around the world make it easier for businesses to hire new staff, to grow their own team, which means more people moving to the capital. Inevitably this is good news for the business travel industry, especially those looking for accommodation and serviced apartments.
Investment in travel and infrastructure does not just benefit commuters and those travelling around the city now. Instead it is a statement of intent to support the business community of tomorrow. Cities never stay still, they always grow and expand. London's major infrastructure projects look set to shape a capital that will be even more attractive to global business for at least the next generation.