In March, at the request of the Government, TfL submitted an updated business case and funding plan for Crossrail 2 to the Department for Transport.
We have still not heard from the Department for Transport, and so I have submitted three written questions today to try to find out their views on Crossrail 2, when we can expect the next route option to be published and when the next consultation will be.
I will keep you updated when I receive answers to these questions.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government is still committed to Crossrail 2
- To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to Transport for London's Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the next stage of public consultation for Crossrail 2 to take place.
I have now had a response to my three questions:
Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport: As with all transport scheme proposals a thorough analysis is being carried out by my department to ensure it is a robust scheme. This includes examining whether the National Infrastructure Commission’s detailed recommendations on the scheme have been taken into account. The next steps and timescales, including when the next stage of public consultation will take place, will therefore be decided as part of this analysis.
This response clearly doesn't tell us much. I have now written to the Secretary of State for Transport to ask for a meeting with him, and in the House of Commons I have asked that he makes a statement on Crossrail 2.
As ever, I will continue to keep you updated.