MPs back Crossrail 2

More than 50 Members of Parliament from across the country and political parties have urged the government to urgently back Crossrail 2.

The 59 MPs, which represent constituencies from as far north as Newcastle upon Tyne and as far south as Portsmouth, have called on the government to back the project now so that it can progress in Parliament and begin carrying passengers by 2033.

The cross-party group MPs, which include dozens from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, London and Surrey, have written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, urging them to give Crossrail 2 the go-ahead.

The letter says that the benefits of Crossrail 2 would be felt across the UK, boosting the economy by up to £150bn, and supporting 200,000 jobs and 200,000 new homes, as well as 60,000 supply-chain jobs and 18,000 apprentices across the country. The MPs say more than 30 per cent of these new homes would be outside London.

The letter of support follows the calls of senior business leaders, homebuilding and property leaders and local authorities across the South East who have also written to the Chancellor and Transport Secretary significance of Crossrail 2.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The government cannot ignore the growing national demand for it to back Crossrail 2. The fact that more than 50 MPs from across the country have crossed political lines to join together shows just how important the project is for the whole nation. It is essential for the UK economy, for jobs, for the housing market, for our transport network and sends a real message to the world that Britain is open for business. We’ve shown how London can pay directly for half of the cost, it’s time the government gave its unwavering support so the UK can benefit.”

The government’s backing will allow Transport for London (TfL) to develop the railway’s design in order to submit a Hybrid Bill to Parliament to get the necessary powers to construct the railway. Crossrail 2 could then be carrying passengers, by 2033, by which time it will be urgently needed.

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