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Crossrail 2 bosses seek autumn green light

Crossrail tunnel ready for dynamic testing

Crossrail 2 bosses are pushing for approval for the new line in the government’s Autumn Budget, New Civil Engineer has learnt.

It is understood that project backers are no longer expecting to receive government approval for the project in the upcoming Spring Statement, and will instead put everything into campaigning for the green light in the autumn.

New Civil Engineer understands that the project is continuing to develop its designs and will update the land safeguarding document in the summer pending government approvals.

The space needed for the underground line has already been safeguarded. But government approval is needed to protect land above ground for stations or where the scheme crosses previously marked boundaries.

Local authorities can also grant approval for the project through local development plans. But where projects cross several local authorities, it is custom for the transport secretary to grant approval.

The previous safeguarding document for the route was completed in 2015.

“As the scheme has been developed the routes have been moved here and there and the safeguarding document now needs to be updated,” a source said.

Design work funding is being taken from the £160M which was allocated to the project in 2016 and had not yet been used up, New Civil Engineer understands.

Crossrail 2 was dealt a blow at the beginning of this year when it was announced that funds which had been earmarked for the project were being diverted to cover the cost of completing the delayed Crossrail line.

Deputy mayor Heidi Alexander said the money would be drawn from the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) and the business rates supplement (BRS).

But the source said the project had not been expecting revenue from the BRS until 2033 while MCIL cash was not expected until the start of construction. As the project had not been given the go-ahead, the funding was not yet being missed.

In the interim, Crossrail 2 bosses are discussing other ways to fund the project and kick start construction.

In papers released last month Transport for London committed itself to delivering the project saying it wanted to hammer out a “proposed timetable and key work areas for updating the strategic outline business case and funding for 2019/20”.

Crossrail 2 route map 2015

Crossrail 2 route map 2015

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