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Business group calls for Crossrail 2

A second Crossrail scheme is needed in London from the South-West to the North-East, serving Clapham Junction, Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross St Pancras, Islington, Hackney and Seven Sisters, and detailed planning of a suitable scheme needs to start now.

That’s according to London First, the capital’s influential business group, which has been analysing the business case for such a scheme over the last six months.

The study, led by former Transport Secretary, Lord Andrew Adonis, has considered work previously undertaken by Transport for London on a route for “Crossrail 2” between Chelsea and Hackney, and examined demand and congestion forecasts post 2020 and the impact of new national projects, including HS2.

Its conclusions are clear – by the late 2020s, even after the completion of Crossrail, Thameslink and the current Tube upgrades, central, south-west and north-east London’s rail and underground networks will be heavily congested, and there will be a critical need for new capacity. This will be best provided by a second Crossrail line connecting these parts of London.
Around 1.3 million more people and over 750,000 more jobs are expected in London over the next 20 years and as such, planning for the next generation of transport improvements post 2020 must begin now.

Lord Andrew Adonis, Chair of London First’s Crossrail 2 study, said:
“Forecasts show that demand for London’s public transport systems will continue to grow strongly over the next twenty years – and High Speed 2 will add to the pressures. Crossrail 2 – from the south-west to the north-east of London – is crucial to keep London moving from the 2020s. Infrastructure schemes have a lengthy planning cycle, so we need to start planning for Crossrail 2 now. We must not repeat the mistake of Crossrail 1 and spend 40 years planning and generating support for a scheme needed within 20 years.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“London’s continued ability to attract talent and investment from around the world depends on sustained investment in our infrastructure. It took 15 years to persuade Government to commit to Crossrail 1 and services will only begin running in 2018. Unless we plan ahead our transport systems won’t be able to cope with demand.”
London First will now look in more detail on route options – where the exact route should run, and whether it should be a Tube style metro, or a Crossrail 1 style metro, and make recommendations later this year.

For more information contact Emma Apter 020 7665 1427

Notes to Editors:

The full report is here.

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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