Early Day Mo­tion tabled for Cross­rail 2

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

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.

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