Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged the prime minister to stop “pussyfooting around” over the UK’s infrastructure.
Mr Johnson told the London Evening Standard Mr Cameron should not delay the decision on a new airport for London until after the next election, and should embark on a drastic housing programme for the capital.
The call comes as CN exclusively revealed part of the extent to which London councils were sitting on unused land.
He said: “The government needs to stop pussyfooting around. I don’t think you can rely on Heathrow. Even if the government was so mad and wrong to do the third runway or mixed mode those solutions would rapidly run out of usefulness and time.”
Mr. Johnson added that the government should “commit to further infrastructure – Crossrail 2, more river crossings, a massive house-building programme for the city”.
The mayor also revealed plans for an elevated cycle lane network in London, running alongside Overground tracks, though he admitted this was “back of the envelope stuff”.
He added: “One of the ways of doing that would be to commit to further infrastructure — Crossrail 2, more river crossings, a massive house building programme for the city.”
“The way to get business really motoring in the UK is to cut taxes, cut regulation, create the infrastructure and get behind it.”
He added in the interview that he thought chancellor George Osborne was “very much up for big ideas like this”.