The London Assembly has agreed a unanimous motion asking for the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.
The full text of the Motion is:
“This Assembly notes that on 6th March 2017 Transport for London submitted its Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 to the Department for Transport. This Assembly notes the project has the backing of the independent National Infrastructure Commission, 83% of London businesses and councils across the South East. This Assembly further notes that investing in infrastructure is one of the 10 pillars of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.
This Assembly notes the importance of ensuring the project is approved quickly. TfL modelling shows that the Capital’s transport network will grind to a halt without the project. Furthermore, this Assembly notes that without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 Phase 2 could lose times saved on their journeys queuing to board onward Tube trains.
This Assembly further notes that Crossrail 2 has widespread regional benefits. Some 40% of the transport benefits and 30% of the new housing will be delivered outside London. This Assembly welcomes the work that has been done which shows that London can pay for 50% of the costs of the project.
This Assembly notes that no other infrastructure project tackles so many local and regional problems while boosting overall capacity on such a scale. Crossrail 2 would increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent and support 200,000 additional new homes and 200,000 new jobs. This Assembly believes Crossrail 2 would contribute to bringing forward the new homes this city needs.
This Assembly highlights the cross-party support for the project across the South East and believes the approval of Crossrail 2 will be a strong statement of confidence in London’s economy as we negotiate a new relationship with the European Union. This Assembly therefore asks the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 without delay.”