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Number of homes and jobs created by delivery of Elizabeth line far exceeds predictions

By Crossrail Press Office

Number of homes and jobs created by delivery of Elizabeth line far exceeds predictions
  • New research by property consultancy GVA shows the Elizabeth line is a major catalyst for regeneration across London and the South East
  • 90,000 new homes predicted along route by 2021, and will double to 180,000 by 2026
  • 362,000 jobs to be supported by delivery of over 4.4 million square feet of new commercial space by 2021
  • Download GVA Crossrail Property Impact Regeneration Study

With the Elizabeth line due to open in less than a year, property consultancy GVA has published new research that shows the impact of the Elizabeth line will be significantly greater than previously predicted in 2012.

The Crossrail Property Impact & Regeneration Study: 2012 – 2026 examines development progress along the route, shares lessons learned, and for the first time looks ahead as far as 2026 for the opportunities that will be realised once the Elizabeth line is fully operational and established as part of London’s transport network.

Key findings of the new report include:

  • The Elizabeth line will reinforce London’s status as a global city, it has created the capacity for major HQs including Facebook, Deutsche Bank, Capita and Societe General, allowing for the accommodation of 300,000 new jobs in key employment hubs
  • Outside central London, town centres including Ealing, Woolwich, Ilford and Romford are being rejuvenated as the construction of new homes and offices attract more businesses and residents
  • 90,599 new homes along the route are predicted by 2021 and 180,000 by 2026;
  • Over 4.4 million square feet of commercial office and retail space expected along the route by 2021; and
  • £10.6 billion increase in property values within 1km of a station expected by 2021.

The report also explores key themes that can help inform future infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2, including stakeholder co-ordination, land ownership control, a forward-thinking and joined-up local authority approach, and public realm investment.

Martyn Saunders, Regeneration & Spatial Planning Director, GVA, said: “Our findings reveal that the Elizabeth line will have a much greater impact on London and the South East than previously predicted, with further growth and opportunities to come. In addition to the creation of more than 180,000 homes and 362,000 jobs, Crossrail has set a new precedent for large scale infrastructure projects for future enterprises and developments to learn from.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited, said: “Crossrail is delivering more than just a railway. As well as cutting journey times and giving passengers more options, it is driving regeneration across London and the South East. With less than a year to go until the Elizabeth line opens, this new report by GVA reveals the true extent of the impact, and lays out some of the key lessons for future infrastructure projects.”

Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Today’s report reiterates the huge benefits the Elizabeth line will provide to London and the South East – not just providing a new world-class transport link that will benefit millions of passengers a year, but as a powerful driver of jobs, homes and economic growth that is already having benefits across the whole of the UK.”

Jo Johnson, Transport Minister, said: “We already know the impact the Elizabeth line will have on rail capacity in London, with half a million passengers every day benefiting from state-of-the-art trains and brand new connections, including faster links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

“This report underlines the wider significance of Crossrail as a catalyst for jobs, homes and regeneration across the South East and sets an ambitious standard for future projects to aspire to. Crucially, with 96 per cent of the contracts for Crossrail won by companies across the UK, the economic opportunities of this transformative project are not just limited to London.”

Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “Not only will the Elizabeth line redefine how people travel across London, it will also change the areas around the railway with more homes and development being delivered. This report shows how transport infrastructure can regenerate neighbourhoods across our city, helping support the cases we’ve made for future projects such as Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo line extension.”


Media enquiries

GVA: Elizabeth Bartlett, Head of Communications, on 07769 741516 or [email protected] / Polly Warrack, Communications Manager on 07979 475052 or[email protected]

Crossrail: Crossrail Press Office, Tel. 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editors

GVA and Future of London, a not-for profit organisation focussed on urban regeneration, interviewed a broad array of organisations for the Crossrail Property Impact & Regeneration Study: 2012 – 2026, ranging from local authorities, the Greater London Authority and Transport to London to local Business Improvement Districts and commercial developers.

This latest report updates research that was carried out by GVA in 2012 and 2014.  The 2012 Crossrail Property Impact Study (download here) examined the impact of the railway on property and developments within 1km of Elizabeth line stations. The 2014 Crossrail Development Pipeline Study (download here) examined the impact that Crossrail was having on development in London and the South East


GVA offers the country’s leading and most diverse real estate advisory service. With its in-depth understanding of the market, supported by a leading research capability, GVA advises private businesses and the public sector on the whole real estate lifecycle - offering clients a service that spans the entire property lifecycle from strategy and planning, through to delivery and management.

GVA has 12 offices in the UK, headquarters in London and 1,500 staff around the UK. The company generated £190m in revenue in the 2015 financial year, and an annualised operating profit of £23.5 million. GVA is an independent group under the ownership of EQT Partners.

For further information please visit GVA is the trading name of GVA Grimley Limited.


The route will link 41 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.