DfT launches Crossrail 2 affordability review to ensure value for money

Chris Grayling has announced an independent review to ensure the affordability of Crossrail 2.

Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary explained that the Independent Affordability Review, commissioned jointly by the DfT and TfL, has been established to ensure that Crossrail 2 demonstrates value for money to the taxpayer.

The review will focus on the affordability of the project, ensuring that it learns from the best practice exhibited by other projects such as Crossrail, and that those who stand to benefit from the scheme contribute to funding it.

The review will be led by Mike Gerrard, former managing director of Thames Tideway Tunnel.

“Crossrail 2 has the potential to relieve congestion and unlock housing, jobs and development to support future growth in London, but it is imperative that it can be delivered in an affordable way that is fair to both the London public and the wider UK taxpayer,” Gerrard explained.

“Major projects work best when independent reviews, drawing on a wealth of experience, help move them from plans to spades in the ground.

“I am delighted to chair this crucial review and I look forward to working with the DfT and TfL to ensure that Crossrail 2 is the best project it can be.”

Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner, added: “We welcome the government’s backing for infrastructure projects of national importance such as Crossrail 2 and are pleased to be working with the DfT on the Independent Affordability Review led by Mike Gerrard.

“This is an important step forward for a project that is vital for London, as reflected in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, and for the whole of the south-east region.”

The review is expected to conclude in summer 2018.

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Andrew Gwilt   05/03/2018 at 13:57

I presume that Crossrail 2 will start in 2020/21 and to be completed by around 2027/28. As Crossrail 1 (Elizabeth Line) is set to open in May and December this year and next year. With Class 345’s soon to operate between Paddington-Reading and Heathrow Airport and between Whitechapel and Abbey Wood with the central section between Whitechapel and Paddington to open next year. As TfL Rail Class 345’s are currently operating between Liverpool St and Shenfield.

Lutz   05/03/2018 at 16:46

No; The targets will most likely be missed on CR2 - this has been covered previously - TfL will need to schedule public consultations after the various reviews have been completed, and will need to come up with a mutually satisfactory funding proposal.

James Miller   05/03/2018 at 20:44

As someone who was deeply involved in project management, I always wonder, if the functionality of Crossrail 2 can be created by developing a series of sub-projects. 1. Four-track the West Anglia Main Line. 2. Terminate a proportion of West Anglia trains in the High Meads Loop at Stratford. 3. Put modern trains on the Piccadilly Line. 4. Extend the DLR to Euston and St. Pancras. 5. Extend the Bakerloo Line 6. Increase Waterloo suburban services to Crossrail 2 levels.,I think it is possible with 100 mph trains and the increased Waterloo capacity. 7. Upgrade Oxford Circus, Highbury and Islingtojn and Walthamstow Central stations. Only, when you've increased capacity elsewhere would you dig the expensive central tunnel.

Noam Bleicher   06/03/2018 at 10:15

James, some of your proposals make sense, but I'm afraid I have to take issue with the last two. The whole point of big RER-style under-city rail lines like this is to relieve pressure on large vity rail termini like Waterloo, and on overcrowded complex metro interchanges like Oxford Circus. Yes it's expensive, but really sometimes the only way to achieve all the objectives you're suggesting is to do it in one big project.

Noam Bleicher   06/03/2018 at 10:17

Whatever else they build, can they please start by building the 'Euston Cross' interchange?? It is the only way in the foreseeable future that meaningful interchange will be possible between HS1 and HS2, by some kind of travellator link between Euston and St Pancras.

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