In a press release today, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) expressed concern that Crossrail2 was not mentioned in this week’s Queen’s Speech, although commitment to HS2 was retained.
Crossrail 2 is targeted at relieving congestion on commuter routes into and across London, but it will be some years before this project is completed. Crossrail 1, or “The Elizabeth Line” is not due to open for services until 2018/19.
“We are, however, concerned that there was no mention of Crossrail 2 in the Speech. This scheme is vital not only to keep London moving and to support its further economic and social development, but also as a key element of the national transport infrastructure which serves the entire national economy. As Britain looks to plan for a post-Brexit future, investment in mobility is of even greater importance. Therefore, CILT calls on the Government to make a clear commitment to the future of the Crossrail 2 project.”
The line itself – if it is ever built – follows the route illustrated below:
The core line from Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters through St Pancras, Euston, Victoria and down to Clapham Junction. I suspect that the ‘branches’ will never get built, and now, maybe even doubts about this ‘core’ section.
Maybe the CILT aren’t far wrong as Daniel Parker-Klein, Head of Policy, CILT said:
“It is imperative that Government commits to support the development of Crossrail 2. This scheme is essential for not only London’s future but for the whole of the UK. There is little time for delay – a hybrid bill must be submitted by 2020. Without it, the benefits of HS2 may not be realised, the movement of goods and people will be constrained and the UK’s economy will be less resilient to meet the demands of an uncertain future.”
What a good job we have a competent and wide ranging transport strategy in the UK as leave the EU.