Metro Monorail

Global cities are increasingly reliant on public transport, and so being close to a transport node is a recipe for high land values. But how far can transport be integrated into building design? Underground stations are often linked to office developments above them (e.g. 55 Broadway, London). In Meadowhall (Sheffield) the station is effectively linked to the shopping centre via the M&S store (routing footfall through the store), whereas in Tokyo you find whole shopping centres in train stations (‘Ekinaka’), and even train platforms on the upper levels of department stores. This week Chinese tech consortium BYD opened Skyrail – a new form of silent monorail that is capable of being routed through buildings. Cheaper and quicker to develop than tubes, how long before we see a monorail on Oxford Street, and how might this change the value differential between ground and first floor levels?