– David Leam, head of infrastructure at business group London First
Congestion in London is getting worse, so charging is needed to help manage it. Fundamentally, there’s not enough space on London’s roads to meet growing demand. The Mayor is right to explore the feasibility of new underground road tunnels, but he should also explore options for more sophisticated road pricing – for example by distance, time of day or place – if we are to keep the capital moving into the 2020s.
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Plans for a diagonal route from the north east to the south west went on show today, with the catchy title of Crossrail 2.
Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has more.
Transport for London has backed the plan to build a second Crossrail link across London. The organisation says a new link is needed because of population growth and the extra passengers using Euston after the High Speed Two rail link is finished to Euston.
But TfL's Managing Director for Planning, Michele Dix, says construction on Crossrail 2 will only start after the first Crossrail link is finished in 2018.
Val Shawcross, the London Assembly Labour Transport spokesperson, responded to the proposal to build a new North-South Crossrail link:
"This is critical to continue London’s economic success. London's business leaders and politicians from all parties are supportive of these plans in principle. We all recognise the need to carry on expanding London's public transport network well into the 21st century.”