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Lord Adonis put forward to lead Crossrail 2

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, chancellor George Osborne and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin have put forward Lord Adonis as the new chairman of Crossrail 2.

Osborne and Khan met earlier this week to discuss the nomination and said that Lord Adonis will bring a wealth of experience to the role.

The appointment is subject to approval by the London Assembly and Transport for London Board.

“Without Crossrail 2 London will grind to a halt,” said Adonis. “There are no greater challenges facing London than overcrowding on the transport network and the city’s acute housing crisis. Crossrail 2 will help tackle both.

“I am delighted to be nominated to be its chair, whilst continuing the vital work of the National Infrastructure Commission, and I look forward to making it happen.”

Commenting on the proposal, McLoughlin said: “At this year’s budget, the chancellor gave the green light to Crossrail 2, a railway to transform how people travel in and around our nation’s capital. This transport project needs strong and experienced leadership and we agree with the Mayor of London that Lord Adonis will bring all of the vital skills and knowledge needed to drive the project forward.

“We now look forward to working in partnership with Transport for London and Lord Adonis to fully develop the business case for Crossrail 2. We are investing billions in projects right across the country because we know good transport links help people get around and get on.”

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