Vince Cable, the newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, is using his first opportunity to ask Parliamentary questions to probe the Government on its commitment to Crossrail 2.
As soon as the Queen’s Speech takes place next week MPs have the opportunity to start submitting parliamentary questions.
Explaining why parliamentary questions to the Government are necessary on this issue Vince Cable said:
“A year ago the Government expressed its full commitment to the new railway line connecting South West London to North East London, yet in recent months it has started to drop it support. It is incredibly concerning that a commitment to Crossrail 2 was not mentioned in the last Budget or in the Conservative Party manifesto in the recent General Election.
Explaining why Crossrail 2 is so important Vince Cable said:
“Crossrail 2 would serve stations throughout the South East, linking south west and north east London, as well as destinations across Surrey and Hertfordshire.
“It would dramatically improve train services for people in Twickenham, especially people who use Teddington and Hampton Wick train stations
“It is bad enough that Richmond missed out on Crossrail 1 over a decade ago. It is vital that past mistakes are not repeated. Twickenham and other parts of south west London desperately need better connections and Crossrail 2 is a vital to that actually happening. We cannot afford for the scheme to be delayed or held back.
“It says everything about the Government’s wrong priorities that it is currently planning to rush ahead with a third Heathrow runway but is now blocking Crossrail 2.”