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Crossrail 2: Off the page

Taking up Chancellor George Osborne’s challenge of getting Crossrail 2 “off the page and into construction”, London First  this week brought together Ray Mills (PWC), Ian Liddell (WSP), Angus Walker (Bircham Dyson Bell) and Sarah Johnson (TfL) at a panel discussion kindly hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell, on how to overcome the key obstacles facing this critical project.

Following the recent close of consultation on the safeguarded route, TfL noted that they anticipate the Transport Secretary issuing a safeguarding direction confirming the route by the end of March. The next key milestone is then this summer’s spending review – under a new government – at which TfL will seek the funding necessary to take the scheme through to planning permission by 2018, enabling construction to start in 2020.

In parallel, TfL continues to build up the team charged with developing the scheme. Former TfL Managing Director for Planning Michele Dix this week started as Managing Director of Crossrail 2, working alongside the Mayor’s adviser on Crossrail 2, Daniel Moylan and a number of new appointments have been made to strengthen the team and, crucially, to draw on lessons from Crossrail 1. Four major consulting groups have also been appointed by TfL to help develop more detailed plans for the scheme.

Panel members gave insight into how Crossrail 2 might be funded (Ray Mills from PWC, authors of the recent TfL/DfT Crossrail 2 funding study); its impact in terms of journey times and development (Ian Liddell from WSP); and the potential planning routes (Angus Walker from Bircham Dyson Bell). Key discussion points were how to capture and foster development value from the project, the need for the scheme to have a defining purpose and narrative, its interaction with the HS2 project as both are developed and the work needed ahead of this summer’s comprehensive spending review.

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To help sustain momentum behind the project, London First is holding a further event on 18th March with Daniel Moylan and Michele Dix on the Mayor’s plans for Crossrail 2.

Contact: David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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