Councils seek assurances Crossrail 2 will go ahead

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Rhiannon Bury has reported that local authorities have called on the government to give assurances that a second Crossrail line in London is still going ahead, after Philip Hammond failed to mention it in his Budget speech earlier this month. Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said the new line was crucial for the capital’s growth, adding: “We were concerned that it wasn’t mentioned in the Budget. I understand Chris Grayling has asked for the business case to be sharpened up.” Surrey County Council leader David Hodge has written to Hammond, urging him to take “swift and decisive action” to launch the operation. He noted: “The project urgently needs the government’s support.”

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