Call for evidence
The National Infrastructure Commission is required to make recommendations to government before the 2016 Budget, and held a call for evidence. We responded to the Commission's call for evidence in January 2016. Our submission sets out the population, housing and economic challenges facing London, including pressure on employment land. We highlighted a series of strategic schemes for investment, including Crossrail 2, the Brighton Mainline Upgrade, East London River Crossings, Bakerloo line extension and improvements to the bus network, cycling, walking and electric vehicle infrastructure. Our submission discussed ways to reduce the costs of Crossrail 2, noting that the route is intended to achieve good connectivity and modal shift. We highlighted London's commitment to fund at least half of the scheme and discussed the ways other cities are approaching funding their infrastucture needs, calling on government to consider use of stamp duty receipts. Our full response can be read here.
The Commission has now released its full report, which can be viewed here.
In February 2016 we held a stakeholder event with Lord Andrew Adonis, who chairs the Commission, to provide London boroughs with the opportunity to discuss further London's transport needs and how they can be delivered. This was attended by over 35 people with representation by senior members and officers from 20 London boroughs.
Joint letter of support for Crossrail 2
London Councils has been working with South East England Councils and the East of England LGA to outline our joint support for Crossrail 2. The three organisations have written to Lord Adonis setting out our joint support for Crossrail 2 and outlining the benefits Crossrail 2 will bring. We seek a commitment from government to support Crossrail 2 and provide it with adequate Parliamentary time to secure the necessary powers. We want TfL and government to consider further extensions of the route, including to east London. We want governent to commit to contribute towards the cost of the new railway and examine further the use of stamp duty receipts. The joint letter can be read here.