National Infrastructure Commission provides ideal springboard for Crossrail 2
13 July 2018
Crossrail 2 received a significant boost this week though its inclusion in the National Infrastructure Commission’s long-term investment programme.
The new National Infrastructure Assessment set out the Commission’s plan of action for the country’s infrastructure over the next 10 – 30 years, which the government must now respond to by the end of the year.
Confirming the NIC’s previous support for Crossrail 2, the assessment emphasised that “London’s transport networks are already more congested and overcrowded than anywhere else in the country”, adding that “Future growth will not be possible without substantial increases in capacity.”
It recommended investment in Crossrail 2, alongside projects like Northern Powerhouse Rail, stressing that “development of regional cities should be in addition to and not instead of continuing to invest in London”.
Crucially the NIC concluded that investment in Crossrail 2 was affordable within the resources set out by government — alongside other important transport investments such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and continued investment in urban and inter-city road and rail. As part of its work, the NIC published an indicative budget for Crossrail 2 of some £28 billion from 2023 – 24 to 2035 – 36, reiterating the need for London to contribute at least half of the scheme costs.
The government is now due to respond to the NIC’s recommendations by the end of the year, potentially at the autumn Budget. In parallel, the work of the Independent Affordability Review into Crossrail 2 is coming to a conclusion, with a report due to be submitted privately to Ministers and the Mayor by the end of July. London First has presented the review with the conclusions of our own work on funding options, which will now be published very shortly.
In the lead up to the autumn Budget, London First will be stepping up our case-making and campaigning for Crossrail 2. Members should have received a separate email setting out our programme of activity and how to get involved.
London First members will also be able to hear more about what the National Infrastructure Assessment means for London at our upcoming London Infrastructure Summit on 12 September which features a session with NIC Chair Sir John Armitt.
If you would like to get more involved in our work in support of Crossrail 2 please contact David Leam.
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