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Making the case for Crossrail 2

In just two months’ time, Andrew Adonis will deliver his report to the Chancellor setting out the National Infrastructure Commission’s conclusions on the future need for additional large scale transport infrastructure in the capital.

While Crossrail 2 continues to benefit from strong cross-party and public support, the Budget marks a key milestone as central government backing is essential if the project is to maintain momentum through 2016.

London First’s submission to the NIC emphasises the importance of Crossrail 2 if London is to meet its longer- term growth potential and avoid severe overcrowding on public transport. It also highlights the strong support for Crossrail 2 from London business and called on the Commission to endorse the project in its report to the Chancellor. A copy of our submission can be read here.

We also stress the need to maximise the development potential of the scheme, by better joining up new transport infrastructure and development than has often happened in the past. TfL’s Crossrail 2 Growth Commission (of which London First Chief Executive Baroness Valentine is a member) has an important complementary role here in articulating a credible vision for development along the route, and also setting out the policy measures that will be needed to actually realise additional housing and other development.

Over the coming months London First will be seeking the input and support of our members as we seek to persuade both the government to give its backing to the scheme, and the Mayoral candidates to commit to the hard policies that will make the project a success.

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

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