London is a very attractive place to set up shop. It has far better public transport provision than anywhere else in the country and that brings around a third of the UK's working age population within commuting distance which increases the chances of filling vacancies. An office in central London could have people from Southend, Reading, Brighton or Cambridge all working together.
The only way to encourage businesses to relocate outside London is to improve transport provision elsewhere but even if there was massive investment in the North or Midlands London would still attract businesses.
There are many reasons why companies want to set up in London. That's why they do it.
It is not, however, in anyone's best interest if we allow ever more office space to be built (vertically) when we have almost run out of the space or technical means to enhance the transport infrastructure to cope.
London is not, for example, Paris, where they have mainly point to point lines with no shared track, and the platforms are twice as long as the trains, and where they could massively increase the system's capacity should the need arise.
I don't wholly agree that there hasn't been some movement to other cities. Often, this is government lead - for example the DVLC was inaugurated in Swansea. Plus the movement of many BBC functions to Manchester. I anticipate that my own organisation will relocate more staff elsewhere in the country in the next 5 years, as investment is being made at premises elsewhere. However, this is capitalising on existing premises outside the capital, rather than having to acquire from scratch.
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I suspect that whilst working from home would reduce the need for office space, there is still value in meeting others face to face, especially those outside your organisation with whom you wish to trade.
MediaCity in Salford works for the BBC because there is a fast (~2hour) frequent (3tph) rail service to the capital. Channel 4 rejected Liverpool over Leeds because it wanted somewhere on HS2 for links to London. There are also about half a dozen trains per hour across the Pennines between Leeds and Manchester allowing 'media types' to easily interact with both the Beeb and C4.
The problem with the Leeds-Manchester route is that you are either squeezed into a 3-car TransPennine Express Class 185 (sometimes doubled up to form a 6-car service during the peaks) for up to an hour or into a 2-car Arriva Northern Class 155 (sometimes doubled up to form a 4-car service) for an hour and a half (I've done both journeys in the past, less than fun). Transport up north has a long way to go before it becomes an attractive alternative to London.
Around 60% of BBC staff decided not to move from London to Salford including the Director of Human Resources.
you are either squeezed into a 3-car Class 185 for up to an hour or into a 2-car Arriva Northern Class 155 for an hour and a half. . Transport up north has a long way to go before it becomes an attractive alternative to London.
Similar conditions are commonplace in the south as well - even on twelve car trains - over similar journey times.
Spending on railways per passenger in the north is similar to that in the south. And the solutions to overcrowding will be different - in the north longer trains are possible (and are on order). In London, all train are already the maximum length (and frequency) that key parts of the infrastructure can cope with - hence the need for building more and longer platforms, and new lines.
The problem with the Leeds-Manchester route is that you are either squeezed into a 3-car TransPennine Express Class 185 (sometimes doubled up to form a 6-car service during the peaks) for up to an hour or into a 2-car Arriva Northern Class 155 (sometimes doubled up to form a 4-car service) for an hour and a half (I've done both journeys in the past, less than fun).
The cl155 only operate the Calder Valley route (via Hebden Bridge) and generally now run with a cl153 (or two) tagged on, three car cl158 also operate on the route.
Transport up north has a long way to go before it becomes an attractive alternative to London.
Agreed, which is why it's particularly galling when money is found for CrossRail but can't be found for the extra pair of tracks needed between Picadilly and Oxford Road to unlock the capacity benefits of the Ordsall Chord - we don't even get a shiny new bridge, we get a rusty one!
Post by aslefshrugged on Dec 24, 2018 12:17:56 GMT
I believe the extra money for Crossrail is a loan from the DfT to TfL which will have to be paid back at some point but apart from just giving up on Crossrail after billions have already been spent and the bulk of the work completed I don't think there's any other choice than finding more money for it. Maybe the Mayor of Great Manchester should ask for a loan to build the extra track as that seems to be the only way to get money out of the DfT at the moment.
I did indeed go from Leeds to Manchester via Hebden Bridge: very pretty, very slow and very crowded.
If Crossrail Paddington is available then a service using the new trains idling in the sidings should be started using the bidirectional tracks. It would fee up Two platforms in the main line station and at least look like something positive has been done instead of wallowing in misery they all seem to be.