With the Budget looming, Surrey County Council’s leader has called on Chris Grayling to “urgently identify the funding” to develop Crossrail 2.
In a letter to the Transport Secretary, David Hodge describes Crossrail 2, which is set to serve Shepperton, Hampton Court and Epsom in Surrey, as a “once in a generation opportunity” to drive economic growth.
Earlier this month Transport for London submitted a revised business case for the proposed multi-billion cross-London line.
Mr Hodge said: “I am asking that your department urgently identify the funding that will enable the scheme to be advanced to the next stage of development. I ask this as Crossrail 2 is vital in ensuring the continued economic success of our county, the wider South East and of course London.
“The scheme will also help deal with existing and significant over-crowding on key rail services into London Waterloo from Surrey.
“Crossrail 2 is a once in a generation opportunity for both Surrey and London. Our county is a £39 billion economy and a driver of economic growth in the UK second only to London. For an economy like Surrey to function efficiently and to grow we need world class infrastructure.”
The full letter is below.