Crossrail, now to be called the Elizabeth Line, is making great progress. But one lesson from past infrastructure projects is not to leave it until one is all done, dusted and the teams broken up before properly planning the next.
That’s one reason why on the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee (FPC), I’ve regularly – and successfully – argued for the party to support preliminary work on Crossrail 2 alongside our plans for improving public transport elsewhere in the country.
Crossrail 2 would run from Surrey through London to Hertfordshire, linking up also with London Underground, London Overground and the Elizabeth Line. Aside from adding public transport capacity and cutting journey times, it will also provide the infrastructure to support 200,000 new homes and help create 200,000 new jobs.
Here’s a handy interview from last year which explains the case for Crossrail 2. It includes details of how Crossrail 2 will give a much needed boost to the housing supply. It also covers how much of the money for Crossrail 2 can be raised via the London property market, turning some of those sky high prices into better public services: