Local politicians have urged the government to commit to an eastern phase for Crossrail 2 that would serve East London and South Essex.
The call follows a study commissioned by Barking and Dagenham, Essex, Hackney and Newham councils, which recommends the Crossrail 2 track splits after Angel Station in London. The route north is already planned, but it suggests another to serve the four council areas and then link to the Essex Thameside network, with Crossrail 2 services terminating at Basildon and Grays. The study, by consultants GHD, will be published in the coming weeks.
The new report from the National Infrastructure Commission suggests the exploration of an eastern phase.
Among the benefits cited for the area, estimations include a £20.5bn boost to the economy and additional capacity for 67,000 commuters during the morning peak.
Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “The announcements from Lord Adonis and George Osborne are hugely important endorsements of Crossrail 2, and I particularly welcome the recognition of a potential eastern phase. This would create hundreds of thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs across East London and South Essex, attracting major investment and boosting the national economy.
“We now look forward to working with the Government, the National Infrastructure Commission and Transport for London on making the eastern phase a reality. This new research which demonstrates the huge potential it would unlock for growth, and the threat to these aspirations by expecting the existing transport infrastructure to cope, means it’s crucial that the Government commit to an eastern phase as soon as possible.”