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Rightmove's 'Re-imagined' hub seeks to explain London house price rises

Rightmove has released a series of online ‘portraits of how London might look after the completion of a series of development, infrastructure and leisure schemes now under consideration - but highly unlikely, in some cases, to see the light of day.

The changes include new skyscrapers, transport links, housing zones and green areas, alongside more outlandish and radical proposals such as turning Greater London into a National Park and transforming the Circle Line tube into a travelator.

London Reimagined looks at four key areas - Buildings, Transport, Leisure and Environment and a special category (for those more outlandish ideas) called What Could Be.

The buildings category maps out some of the 436 skyscrapers and tower blocks that are either under construction or proposed to be built by around 2020. The map allows Londoners to visualise the changing cityscape that will result from these developments. The Bakerloo and Northern line extensions are also mapped out in the transport category, along with Crossrail and the proposed 14 cycle superhighways that would criss-cross the capital.

“The appeal of the capital as a place to live has contributed to some heady price rises in recent years, and this snapshot of a future London with its rapidly changing infrastructure will highlight areas where there will be further direct impacts on property prices” according to the portal’s housing market spokesman Miles Shipside. 

“One of the future challenges is to build more homes that more Londoners can afford so they can benefit from the investments being made in infrastructure. The enhanced transport systems will be key to help give those having to live further afield from their workplaces easier access, helping them buy or rent somewhere more affordable on the outskirts” he says.

You can see it all here.

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