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Rail industry supports Crossrail 2

Transport for London (TfL) restated its commitment to delivering Crossrail 2, in papers published ahead of its Board meeting. The papers say that – despite money earmarked for Crossrail 2 being diverted to completing Crossrail 1 – TfL and the Mayor’s office are fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible, and will be making the case for continued government support for this nationally significant infrastructure project.

In response, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “The Railway Industry Association said earlier this month that schemes like Crossrail and Crossrail 2 have a transformational impact on the UK, its economy and connectivity and therefore a delay to one should not affect decisions on the other.

“Crossrail 2 will support 200,000 new homes, 60,000 new jobs during the project and a 10% increase in rail capacity. So we welcome news that the concerns raised by RIA and others are being addressed, and that TfL and the London Mayor are committed to working with the Government, to find funding and safeguard the route for Crossrail 2.

“We also continue to urge policy makers to support other crucial nationally important rail projects across the country, such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Trans Pennine Upgrade, and East West Rail – developing a strong national transport infrastructure is essential for the UK’s economy and connectivity, in what are clearly uncertain times.”

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