Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy has warned of riots if the capital doesn’t commit to future infrastructure schemes.
Hendy told the Guardian that without an increase in investment, people would soon be unable to get into London’s business districts for work.
TfL is keen to begin work on Crossrail 2, a South-West to North-East rail line across the capital, as well as other schemes.
“The stakes are pretty high,” Hendy said. “If you’re not able to increase transport capacity, and people find accessing work impossible, you risk social unrest. You can expect trouble.”
He added: “When Crossrail opens, it will be full within months; the population will go on towards 10M and you’ll soon need Crossrail 2. You won’t be able to do without it. In central London the overcrowding will grow to be overwhelming.”