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Ellen Forster

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Boris Johnson outlines £20 billion proposed Crossrail 2 scheme

Boris Johnson has outlined the Crossrail 2 scheme, which will run from North to South through London, according to BBC News.

If the scheme receives approval from the government, the line could transport up to 90,000 people into central London in the morning peak-time by 2030.

The scheme would work alongside £14.8 billion east-west Crossrail scheme, currently being built and scheduled to be operational by 2018.

It would pass through central London via places including Tottenham Court Road, Victoria, Chelsea and Clapham Junction.

Setting out the case for the line in a speech at the City Age conference, the mayor said: “With London’s population soon to surpass its previous 1939 peak of 8.6 million and with more people travelling by Tube and rail than ever before, we need additional rail capacity to support future growth.

“For the capital to remain globally competitive, there needs to be continued investment in our transport network and that’s why we have to get cracking on planning for Crossrail 2.”

Mr Johnson said he was confident the private sector could, in the right circumstances, contribute to well over half the cost of Crossrail 2.

Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands, has said there was “a great deal of concern” from residents on Cremorne Estate, on the King’s Road, that demolition of housing may be required if it is chosen for the location of the Chelsea West station.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ellen Forster .

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