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24/07/2017

Grayling backs Crossrail 2

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said he is a ‘supporter’ of Crossrail 2 as he and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announce they will look at what can be learned from Crossrail 1 ahead of the Autumn Budget.

A joint statement from the Department for Transport and the Mayor’s office states that last week Grayling and Khan had a “productive” meeting to discuss the way forward for Crossrail 2.

The two have agreed that “there is no doubt” that London needs new infrastructure to support its growth and ensure it continues to boost productivity and attract investment to the UK.

Further to this, Grayling and Khan want to see how the infrastructure project could fund itself during construction, as it has already shown how it could pay for half of its scheme over its life. They agreed that the funding package must work for both London and the rest of the country.

In the coming months, the two will examine ways to improve affordability while maximising the key benefits of the scheme, learning lessons from Crossrail 1, ahead of the Autumn Budget, says the statement.

Grayling said: "I am a supporter of Crossrail 2, but given its price tag we have to ensure that we get this right. The mayor and I have agreed to work together on it over the coming months to develop plans that are as strong as possible, so that the public gets an affordable scheme that is fair to the UK taxpayer. Following a successful outcome being reached I am keen to launch a fresh public consultation to help gather views to improve the scheme and clarify the position around the safeguarded route.”

Khan added: “Crossrail 2 is essential for the future prosperity of London and the South-East, so I’m pleased that the transport secretary and I have reached an agreement to take this vital project forward. We will continue to work together to ensure the project is value for money and provides the maximum benefits for jobs and growth in the region over the coming decades. I look forward to moving to the next stage of consultation.” 

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