67.1 F
London
HomeThe TubeUK PM Announces Support for Shelved North-South Crossrail 2 Line

UK PM Announces Support for Shelved North-South Crossrail 2 Line

London Forecast

London
overcast clouds
67.1 ° F
71 °
62 °
58 %
4.2mph
99 %
Fri
65 °
Sat
70 °
Sun
79 °
Mon
80 °
Tue
83 °
USD - United States Dollar
GBP
1.28
EUR
1.08
CAD
0.73
AUD
0.67

Popular London Tours

Popular

Share

Boris Johnson has called for another multibillion-pound railway to be built in London after marking the completion of Crossrail.

The Prime Minister said the Government would back Crossrail 2 – a proposed north-south rail link across London – but the capital’s businesses would need to develop a plan to pay for it.

He said: “The real thing for us now is to think about Crossrail 2, the old Chelsea-Hackney line.

“That is going to be transformative again. All the problems of commuters coming into Waterloo getting up to north London, you can fix that with another Crossrail.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan looks on as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at Paddington station in London to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan looks on as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at Paddington station in London to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“I think we should be getting on with that.”

Mr. Johnson said “we should be looking at tax increment financing” for transport projects in the capital.

This was used to fund the £1.1 billion extension of the Northern line to Battersea, south London, through business rates from the local area and contributions from developers.

He made the comments at Paddington station after traveling on London’s new east-west railway the Elizabeth line following the completion of Crossrail, which cost £18.9 billion.

Crossrail 2 is proposed to run between Hertfordshire and Surrey, via tunnels under central London.

UK PM Announces Support for Shelved North-South Crossrail 2 Line
Proposed Routes

It has been estimated to cost £33 billion.

Transport for London was ordered to stop consultancy work on the project in November 2020 as part of an emergency funding agreement with the Government.

But Mr. Johnson told the PA news agency: “We need all the partners to come together and say this is the right thing for our city and here’s how we’re going to do it.

“Then we in central Government will study it, obviously we’ll give it our support.

“But we need to see the business case originated by Transport for London, by London business, and we want it brought to us.”

He added: “I’ve got absolutely no embarrassment as a former mayor of London about supporting great projects in London.

“We’ve completed Crossrail but frankly there is more that we should be doing.”

Londontopia Staff
Author: Londontopia Staff

This article was submitted and adapted by Londontopia Staff and used with a license from the Press Association UK (PA Media). All images and content used with permission.

Book London Tours Now!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here