Boris Johnson has called Crossrail 2 – the proposed rail link between Hackney and Chelsea – “indispensable” for London.
The Mayor of London told CN the successful Olympic build was a sign to the government of the importance of infrastructure.
“Crossrail 2 is in my view indispensable for the future of the city,” Mr Johnson said.
“I would like to tell you now that the government has committed to it, but I think what they have seen from the London Olympics is the vital importance of investing in proper infrastructure.
“We could not have delivered these Games in the way that we have without investment in transport infrastructure.
“London is going to continue to expand faster than any other big city in Europe – we will hit 9 million people before New York does. It is absolutely crucial that we have Crossrail 2.”
Transport for London head of planning Michèle Dix has said TfL wants to see provision for a Crossrail 2 station at Euston included in the hybrid bill for HS2, which is due to go before Parliament next year.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday (Thursday), the mayor hailed the achievements of the construction industry.
“We will have an astonishing transport legacy – indeed, we already have such a legacy, and we will continue with the improvements that yesterday allowed the tube to carry a record 4.51m people,” he said.
“We will drive forward the automation of the network and we will continue with the successful strategy that TfL has brought in of bringing in teams to deal very, very swiftly with breakdowns to keep the system moving.”
Mr Johnson also hailed the Olympic Stadium as “an amazing and charismatic venue that has a great future whether or not football is involved”, before pledging that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to be opened after the Games, will become “a kind of paradise on the banks of the Lea”, attracting 9m visitors each year.
He added: “We can secure a transport, housing, infrastructure, sporting, cultural and social legacy for London from these Games, and turn these Games to gold for decades to come.”