London’s West End requires radical reform

Kasmira Jefford
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LONDON’S West End is lacking a strong leadership body and needs “a radical reform programme” to help shape future policies and tackle future challenges for the area, a new report has found.

The West End Commission, an independent body set up last year by Westminster City Council, yesterday published its recommendations for tackling issues facing London’s West End and securing its future.

The 72-page report also called for Tube services to be extended on Friday and Saturday nights, and for Crossrail to have a 24-hour service when completed in 2019 to make central London more accessible.

The commission, chaired by Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, concluded that the West End’s “single biggest weakness” was it lacked a “coherent governance and incentive system” and called for an alliance involving the Mayor, police, TfL and businesses to deal with issues such as crime, unemployment, transport and marketing for the area.