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The number of buildings that are being repaired for the first time is soaring, with more than 3,000 properties damaged in the past year, according to a new report by the London Underground’s contractor, SSE.
The number is almost double the amount reported for 2015.
It says the city’s capital is seeing a significant increase in repair work, with an average of about 7,500 projects being done each day.
The biggest problem is with the buildings at the heart of London’s regeneration, which are seen as the least likely to be able to withstand the rigours of a major rebuild.
“The London Underground has been working around the clock to keep up with the growing number of projects that need repairs,” said Mark Glynn, chief executive of SSE’s London.
“It’s important to note that while the majority of the repairs are within the capital’s boundaries, there are also some projects that are outside of London and therefore require extra care and attention from London Underground.”
This has been particularly acute in areas such as the south of the city and the South Bank.
“We’re seeing some of these projects in areas that aren’t usually visited as much, such as in the south,” he said.
“These areas are often more susceptible to extreme weather conditions, particularly with the heavy rainfall in May and June.”
In its latest survey, SES found the average cost of repairs was $1,824 per square metre, which was down 2.5 per cent from the previous year.
Of the 8,000 homes affected, the average repair cost was $814, up 2.3 per cent on the previous survey.
A total of $2.7bn has been spent on the capital since 2013, when the London Crossrail project began construction.
However, the cost of repairing London’s public housing estates, including council housing and state housing, is estimated to be $3.4bn.
“As well as the public housing and council housing estates that need to be repaired, there’s also the issue of those that need repair to public transport,” said Mr Glynn.
The SSE report said the average age of London Underground vehicles was 27 years, up from 21 in 2015. “
There’s also a big investment in infrastructure to improve the quality of the public transport network, which is what is required by the people that are going to live in those places.”
The SSE report said the average age of London Underground vehicles was 27 years, up from 21 in 2015.
But the most common repairs are around the time when the vehicles are being driven, such is the time of year when it is winter and the weather can be severe.
“Some of the newer vehicles are still running, and that’s when you need the most attention, to keep them running,” he added.
“But we know that they are going through a lot of stress and they are often quite rusty and worn out.
So we would expect that to cost a lot more than they are worth.”
This is not the first year that London has been affected by the capital city’s repair crisis.
In 2016, the city suffered the first major storm in nearly 200 years and the Met Office predicted that up to 10 million vehicles would be on the road in the capital over the next two years.
SSE said that this was a result of a mix of factors, including the increasing number of high-rise developments and a lack of planning for London’s major regeneration projects.
The firm said the city was “still rebuilding”, with an expected return to normal activity in 2020, and added that the repair of the capital is still being managed by SSE “without undue delays”.
“We believe we are still in the early stages of our work and are not expecting to be completed until 2021,” said a spokesperson.
“At this point, we can confirm that we have the capacity to undertake over 50,000 repairs each day.”
London Underground said it was “extremely pleased” that its contractors have been able to “hold up” to the challenge.
“Our engineers and technicians are dedicated to making sure every detail is done right for our customers, and continue to keep London Underground in top form,” said an SSE spokesperson.
London Underground is currently on a maintenance-free day, meaning repairs can take place without affecting journeys.
However the company will not be operating the Underground during a partial closure, as part of a wider planning project, until May 2020.
“London Underground remains committed to delivering a high quality, secure, efficient and safe service,” said the spokesperson.