London population to reach record high next year. So what's new?
Soon there will be more Londoners than ever before but some of the challenges the city will face are much the same as they were decades ago
At some point in the New Year it will be formally announced that Greater London’s population is the biggest in its history. City Hall number crunchers are trying to pin down a date to proclaim that the previous high of 8.615 million has been topped.
Some may be surprised that the present record figure was hit not recently but in 1939, the first year of World War II. London survived the Blitz but spent the next four decades thinning out. The 1981 census showed a fall in population to just over 6.6 million. Then came the upturn. By 2011, numbers had risen above 8 million again. Now forecasters say we’re surging towards 9 million by 2020, 10 million by 2030 and even 11 million by 2050.
Source: Guardian Transport