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Using the railways to develop land

The Metropolitan Railway was unique in its direct involvement in suburban property development. By the early 1900s it had started building housing estates on railway land near its stations north-west of London.

The name Metro-land was first used in 1915 to market the outer districts served by the railway. Metro-land was promoted as being close to the country, but within easy commuting distance of central London. By the 1920s, the population of these suburbs was rising five times faster than Greater London as a whole.

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