The London First business group has suggested that the capital should have a major new underground rail link, dubbed Crossrail 2, which would link north-east areas like Cheshunt, Tottenham and Hackney to the south-west of the capital including Wimbledon and Surbiton. They believe the plan would "transform journeys for commuters" from those areas and ease the congestion at busy stations like Victoria, Euston and Clapham Junction.
– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
"The case for the construction of Crossrail 2 is incontestable and is made forcibly in this report. Over the next 20 years, London's population is forecast to expand to levels that will clog the Tube and rail arteries of our great city if we do not provide more capacity."
The task force who put together the plan was chaired by the former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis. The plan is being backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
London First say Crossrail 2 is needed because London's population is expected to rise by 1.5 million to 10 million over the next 20 years. The new link would relieve pressure on the Victoria, Northern and Piccadilly lines which are expected to become more congested over the next decade. Lord Adonis said action is needed or the transport system will grind to a halt:
It would improve travelling times for commuters from the South-west of London and help regenerate areas in the North-east like Hackney and Tottenham. London First believes the plan would cost £12 billion and it would not open until after 2030.