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Government urged to give Crossrail 2 green light

Government urged to give Crossrail 2 green light

The government has been sent an open letter urging it to give the go-ahead to Crossrail 2 by developers and major construction firms.

Addressed to chancellor Philip Hammond, communities secretary Sajid Javid and transport secretary Chris Grayling, the letter states that the development of as many as 200,000 homes depends on the project going ahead, and work can start on these as soon as the builders and investors have the knowledge that the project is going ahead.

In all, 66 leaders of major construction sector firms and housing associations have signed the letter, including the bosses of Berkeley Group, Taylor Wimpey and British Land, plus London's largest housing associations.

They say the line will help provide the transport infrastructure needed to connect the new developments with central London, other parts of the capital and the wider south-east. Many of the new homes would be outside the capital itself, including northwards as far as Cambridge and south as far as Portsmouth, due to the connections these will have to Crossrail 2.

Berkeley group chairman Tony Pidgey said: "Crossrail 2 is a fantastic opportunity to improve London and the south east’s infrastructure, and will help us build the homes this region desperately needs.

“It will unlock areas of huge potential, such as the Upper Lea Valley, and we will look to these areas to meet the demand for housing. Crossrail 2 is the only scheme that can make a significant difference to the south east’s housing stock and the government must not delay.”

The project is also supported by London mayor Sadiq Khan, but some fear the government may give a higher priority to developing HS3 in the Northern Powerhouse area.

Crossrail 2 would link Surrey and Hertfordshire via central London, with most of the route in the capital running through a tunnel in the same way as the Crossrail 1 line.

The proposed route would include central London connections at Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Euston, with the second of these providing an interchange with Crossrail 1.

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