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Mayor's office reveals Crossrail 2 Growth Commission panel

The London mayor’s office has unveiled the full list of members that will make up its Crossrail 2 Growth Commission.

The panel announced today by the commission’s chairman Sir Merrick Cockell will be tasked with helping realise the economic and social benefits of the proposed new line.

The list of names includes former transport secretary Lord Adonis, as well as deputy mayoral adviser for Crossrail 2 and aviation Daniel Moylan.

London First chief executive Baroness Valentine and deputy mayor of housing, land and property Richard Blakeway are also included on the 11-person list.

Plans for a commission were first unveiled by the mayor Boris Johnson in July.

Mr Johnson said the commission would work with London boroughs and business leaders to maximise Crossrail 2’s benefits.

The commission’s main focus will be on supporting major housebuilding opportunities along the route, encouraging growth in employment and productivity, and trying to attract investment to the project.

It will report back in spring 2016, allowing the Crossrail 2 team to ensure plans for local development and the route are aligned as work progresses on the scheme.

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission

  • Lord Adonis – transport expert and former transport secretary.
  • Richard Akers – non-executive director at Barratt Developments.
  • Richard Blakeway – deputy mayor for housing, land and property.
  • Nick de Bois – former MP for Enfield North.
  • Greg Clark – chair of London Stansted Cambridge Consortium and member of the London Enterprise Panel.
  • Sir Merrick Cockell – chairman of the Growth Commission. Former chairman of the Local Capital Finance Company.
  • Chris Duffield – local government expert having held roles at the GLC, Bexley and City of London.
  • Geoff French – chair of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Daniel Moylan – deputy chair of the Growth Commission and mayoral adviser for Crossrail 2 and aviation.
  • Bob Neill – MP for Bromley and Chislehurst and former shadow local government minister.
  • Baroness Valentine – chief executive of London First, a strategic organisation representing businesses across the capital, and a trustee of the housing association the Peabody Trust.

Following the announcement today, Mr Johnson said: “We know that the benefits of Crossrail 2 are huge, but they will have to be properly planned for if they are to be delivered with maximum effect.

“Sir Merrick has assembled a stellar cast to work alongside him and under his stewardship the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission sets off firmly on the right track.

“The work of the commission will be absolutely vital to ensuring Crossrail 2 becomes a transformational railway, delivering economic growth, new homes and jobs in London, the South-east and across the UK.”

The mayor of London has urged chancellor George Osborne to provide £250m in his spending review so that planning work on the scheme can get under way.

Should the scheme get the green light, construction will begin in 2020, with a completion date of 2030.

The starting gun for work on the new line began last month, when Network Rail issued the first stage of planning for Crossrail 2 by putting a £60m consultancy contract out to tender.

It is estimated that the line, which will intersect London from Hertfordshire through to areas south of London, is expected to unlock up to 200,000 new homes and support 200,000 additional jobs.

Sir Merrick said: “The Growth Commission will play a significant role in aligning plans for the vital new railway with creating jobs and homes in the areas they are needed, utilising the wide-ranging experience of the team.

“By doing this work now we can ensure we make the most of the opportunities and deliver the maximum benefits across the entire route and beyond.”

TfL managing director for Crossrail 2 Michele Dix said: “While the proposed Crossrail 2 scheme will be a vital new transport link, we know it can be much more than that, transforming areas from the Solent to The Wash.

“The Growth Commission will make recommendations that can be worked into our plans now to help realise these benefits.”

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