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Crossrail 2 commitment despite cost concerns

Transport for London (TfL) has committed itself to delivering Crossrail 2, in papers seen by GE’s sister title NCE ahead of next week’s board meeting.

NCE has said that the papers reveal that TfL held a meeting at the end of 2018 to hammer out a “proposed timetable and key work areas for updating the strategic outline business case and funding for 2019/20”.

Over the next 12 months TfL is expected to begin “engaging with boroughs along the route in anticipation of government go-ahead to refresh our safeguarding directions in 2019”, the papers add.

It comes after deputy mayor of London Heidi Alexander revealed that money set aside to develop Crossrail 2 will be diverted to complete the original Crossrail route with Transport for London (TfL) forecasting no income from the Elizabeth Line for the next 18 months.

TfL’s board papers confirm that money will be drawn from the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) and the business rates supplement (BRS) which had been earmarked to fund Crossrail 2 in order to complete the Elizabeth line.

However, the papers add that TfL and the mayor’s office is fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2.

“The mayor remains fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible, and ahead of the Spending Review later this year will be making the case for continued government support for this nationally significant infrastructure project,” the papers state.

“The Crossrail package will have an impact on Crossrail 2’s funding assumptions and potentially its schedule. Further discussions will be needed around the delivery options in advance of the government’s Spending Review this year.”

The papers add: “We are continuing to develop and refine the scheme as we prepare to provide the government with an update to our business case in anticipation of the next phase of work.

“Following last year’s Independent Affordability Review, we have been working with the government to assess a number of plans for the project’s schedule, including possible phasing.

“We await agreement on these and the route with the secretary of state. Meanwhile it is imperative that we complete Crossrail and open the Elizabeth line safely and reliably as quickly as possible.”

 

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