Early Day Motion tabled for Crossrail 2
An Early Day Motion was tabled by Joan Ryan (Labour, Enfield North) on April 25, calling for the House of Commons to recognise the need for Crossrail 2.
The motion, for which she was the Primary Sponsor, states that the project is “crucial to the growth and prosperity of London and the rest of the country”, and “will provide a £150 billion boost to the national economy, supporting 200,000 new jobs”.
It further notes that Crossrail 2 will “relieve intolerable pressure on the Tube and rail networks, which otherwise will be chronically overcrowded by the early 2030s”; that Crossrail 2 is vital to address the housing crisis in London and the South East and will open up major new areas for development, such as the Upper Lea Valley; and that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has already shown how London can pay half of the costs.
It calls on the Government to give its full support to Crossrail 2 so that it can move ahead without delay.
Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour, Poplar and Limehouse), Mike Gapes (Labour, Ilford South), David Lammy (Labour, Tottenham), Tania Mathias (Conservative, Twickenham) and Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrats, Richmond Park) have all signed the motion.
Early Day Motions (EDMs) are tabled by MPs to publicise an event or cause. Other MPs show support by signing the motion. While EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate, few actually reach that stage.