1. ITV Report

Dozens of MPs urge the Government to support Crossrail 2

Dozens of MPs have urged the Government to support Crossrail 2.

The proposed north-south rail line connecting Surrey and Hertfordshire via a tunnel beneath central London must be given ministerial backing now so it can begin carrying passengers in 2033, according to a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond signed by 59 MPs.

The group, largely based in south-east England, claimed the project "deserves national support" as it will reduce overcrowding at "nationally important stations" such as London Victoria and London Waterloo.

Crossrail 2 is absolutely crucial to the future growth and prosperity of our capital.

Without Crossrail 2 our train and Tube networks won't be able to cope with future demand and the project is vital to addressing the housing crisis and providing jobs and apprenticeships opportunities across London and the South East.

– David Lammy, Tottenham MP