London mayor Boris Johnson this week hammered home his support for Crossrail, saying the project would go ahead even though Conservative Party leader David Cameron has failed to give firm guarantees about its future ahead the General Election.
“There seemed to be a mantra in the body politic of this country to drop Crossrail. I felt very strongly that that was wrong,” Johnson told the London Assembly’s transport committee.
“There seemed to be a mantra in the body politic to drop Crossrail. I felt very strongly that that was wrong.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Johnson’s comments followed the release last week of the draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy document which outlines his vision for the next 20 years. In it, delivering Crossrail is cited as one of the key priorities for the capital.
Johnson refused to confirm whether he had received a cast iron guarantee of its future from Cameron. The Conservative Party has said the £15.9bn scheme, along with all major infrastructure schemes, would be subject to review if it came to power next year.
He said any government would be “barmy” not to build Crossrail.