CILT – Crossrail 2 missed out on Queen’s Speech

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has expressed concern at the government’s Queen’s Speech yesterday not mentioning Crossrail 2. The north – south tunnel and over ground service across London would have significantly improved cross London travel in much the same way as Crossrail is set to do on the east – west route.

The CILT released a statement explaining their position: “We are… concerned that there was no mention of Crossrail 2 in the Speech. This scheme is vital not only to keep London moving and to support its further economic and social development, but also as a key element of the national transport infrastructure which serves the entire national economy. As Britain looks to plan for a post-Brexit future, investment in mobility is of even greater importance. Therefore, CILT calls on the Government to make a clear commitment to the future of the Crossrail 2 project.”

Daniel Parker-Klein, Head of Policy, CILT said of the omission from the Queen’s Speech: “It is imperative that Government commits to support the development of Crossrail 2.  This scheme is essential for not only London’s future but for the whole of the UK.  There is little time for delay – a hybrid bill must be submitted by 2020.  Without it, the benefits of HS2 may not be realised, the movement of goods and people will be constrained and the UK’s economy will be less resilient to meet the demands of an uncertain future.” 
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