Funding should be made available to fully develop Crossrail 2 in order to submit a hybrid bill by autumn 2019, according to the latest report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
The NIC’s Transport for a world city reports states that Crossrail 2 should be a priority and submission of the bill in three years would enable the new link to open by 2033.
In a statement, interim chair of NIC Lord Adonis said: “London’s population and employment are at record levels. Its transport systems are under growing pressure, and there is a critical need to open up new areas for housing growth in and around the capital.
“In this context the National Infrastructure Commission has been asked to review the strategic case for additional large scale transport infrastructure in the capital and its region, with particular reference to proposals for a new north-east to south-west “Crossrail 2” line.
“The commission concludes that the strategic case for Crossrail 2 is well founded and recommends that it is taken forward. It is not a substitute for smaller scale improvements, but these alone will not be enough.
“Crossrail 2 should be viewed as an investment of national significance, because of its impact beyond Greater London and its importance in relieving nationally important rail terminal and interchange stations, especially Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras.”