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Lord Adonis move gives boost to Crossrail 2

Lord Adonis has been announced as the chair of the newly created National Infrastructure Commission, a body set up by George Osborne to advise the government on new infrastructure projects.

The NIC will start work immediately with an initial focus on:

  • plan to transform the connectivity of the Northern cities, including high speed rail (HS3)
  • priorities for future large-scale investment in London’s public transport infrastructure
  • how to ensure investment in energy infrastructure can meet future demand in the most efficient way

David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, responded to the announcement saying:

“This is excellent news for London and the country. Over many years, Andrew Adonis has grasped the urgency of solving the country’s long-term infrastructure needs, in a political system that often prioritises short-termism.

“One of the commission’s first tasks is to consider Crossrail 2, which shows the Treasury is taking the case for this vital piece of infrastructure seriously.”

In February 2013 London First published the findings of its Crossrail 2 task force, chaired by former Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis, which recommended a major new rail link connecting south-west and north-east London, via a tunnel beneath central London.

Crossrail 2 will serve London, Hertfordshire and Surrey and provide capacity for 270,000 more people to access central London during the busy morning peak.

The railway will connect into the Underground, Crossrail, Thameslink, National Rail network, HS2 and High Speed services to Europe, bringing more than 800 destinations around the country within one interchange of a Crossrail 2 station, including towns in the Midlands and the North.

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