Crossrail 2 should be at the heart of the new London Plan, alongside existing commitments to upgrades and other pieces of new infrastructure. Crossrail 2 should not, subject to affordability, prevent the development of other high value schemes, particularly where alternative funding mechanisms are available.
- London must continue to plan strategically for the period 2030-2050 through the next iteration of the London Plan. Crossrail 2 should be at the heart of this strategy and TfL’s wider programme of smaller scale interventions on the national rail, road, Underground and cycling networks in London should be integrated with it to complement and enhance its benefits.
- The London Plan should also include a detailed examination of the scope to deliver other strategic projects, such as further east London river crossings and the Bakerloo line extension, through alternative financing mechanisms. This should build on the precedents from the Silvertown Crossing and Northern line extension to Battersea/Nine Elms.