Last Wednesday, a stakeholders’ meeting was organised by TfL, Network Rail and the Mayor of London to give an executive summary on the Crossrail 2 Submission to the National Infrastructure Commission. It was held at Church House Conference Centre at Westminster. The audience was made up of local politicians and councillors, plus key people from prominent members of the supply chain. This was an opportunity for the audience to gain a deeper understanding of Crossrail 2, and the progress that has been made and what the next steps are. It also stressed the important impact that it could have on UK’s economy, society and overall growth.
Boris Johnson is supportive of Crossrail 2
We were honoured to have Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London start the meeting off by expressing the urgency and the necessity for Crossrail 2 to become a priority in the UK and for the proper investment and funding that needs to be made in order for the project to move forward and avoid lost benefits. If by 2018 we are not embarked on this next big project for London and the South East it will be an utter failure for all the UK since it is the only scheme that can simultaneously:
- Tackle crowding, congestion and improve connectivity across the region
- Open up new areas so that we can build the homes we urgently need
- Grow the national economy and rejuvenate some of the country’s most deprived areas.
The message that he wanted to get across and couldn’t stress enough is that we’ve got to get on with this project and that by 2018 we need it to be at a readiness stage if we hope for it to be completed by 2030. A vital project that would add up to £102bn to the UK economy, unlock 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs.
With a very positive and supportive note, the rest of the speakers proceeded by providing their knowledge and expertise of Crossrail 2, it’s current stage and their own focus on the project.
Daniel Moylan is interim chair of Crossrail 2
Daniel Moylan, the Mayor’s advisor for Crossrail 2 and Interim Chair of Crossrail 2 Board, briefly explained where the project is currently positioned. A series of consultations have been carried out at various levels of definition and the Crossrail 2 Ltd. has been created in order to take the project forward in cooperation with DfT and Network Rail.
The Transport Development Fund needs to be able to provide funding that will allow to carry the work forward at pace in order to make sure that the Government provides support for a Hybrid Bill to start in Parliament in 2018.
Michelle Dix CBE, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, outlined the scheme which, once built, will provide a new railway to serve the wider South East (London, the South East, and the East of England), with the intention of allowing the most productive and competitive parts of the nation’s economy to continue to grow amid the increasing challenges it faces.
The progress up till now has been promising where evidence has been submitted, major public consultations have been completed with over 20,000 responses and the Growth Commission has been established where stakeholders were involved in order to “test the waters” in terms of their development assumptions.
The major public consultation that ran from 27 of October to 8 January gave people the opportunity to comment on proposals. Details consulted on included:
- Station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
- The location of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
- The construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
- Proposed service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services
Sir Peter Hendy and Network Rail are working with Crossrail 2
Next up was Sir Peter Hendy CBE, the Chair of Network Rail who is delighted to be working with TfL on this scheme and in response National Infrastructure Commission by responding to problems and solving them better.
A report by PwC shows that over 50% of the costs of the project could be met by London using a combination of the following existing funding mechanisms:
- Net revenues generated by train operations
- Continuing the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), at an increased rate
- A continuation of the Business Rate Supplement (BRS)
- Continuation of the London-wide Council Tax Precept
- Over Station Development/sale of surplus land
Once again, the speakers at the event were in strong support of the project. They all used a similar theme when presenting, in order to emphasise the necessity of Crossrail 2. It was mostly focused on the great progress that has been done and the urgency to continue to support it and advance in order to assure to meat deadlines.
My previous blog about Crossrail 2 following the 25th of September stakeholder event was mostly focused on the reasons why this project was vital for London and the UK in general and provided all the details of what the project was and its benefits. This session on the other hand had progressed into explaining the progress and the next vital steps that need to be met without failure in order for the project to stay within the plan.
The session gave me the impression that Crossrail 2 is moving in the right direction and left us feeling hopeful that it will keep doing so in the path already planned. We are excited to see the accomplishment of the next steps.
I am proud to be an official stakeholder in the project. If you are interested in finding out why I am or indeed how Invennt can help you please drop me a line or call me on my mobile. I also urge you to support this scheme in any way you can, why not drop a note to your MP? In any event please join the Linkedin Group Crossrail 2 by clicking here.