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Outgoing TfL chief moots second Crossrail

TfL’s outgoing chief operating officer of London Streets has called for greater investment in the capital’s public transport – even mooting the idea of a second Crossrail.

Peter Brown, who is set to retire in June after a 35-year career in transport engineering, said the country’s future depended on keeping London moving.

Mr Brown said: “London is the economic engine for the UK. If the Government won’t invest in London, then it risks the economy.

“The Government has underinvested for decades. That’s why the Tube is in a state of disrepair. Renewal is disruptive.”

Mr Brown added that investment in mass public transport, such as the £15.9 billion Crossrail project that got underway last week, was crucial given increasing environmental concerns and the danger of traffic to pedestrians.

He went so far as to suggest that a second Crossrail, possibly along the former Hackney-Chelsea line, should also be considered.

The existing Crossrail link will run from Maidenhead in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex, with links to Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood in South London. It is scheduled to open in 2017.