TFL Board paper update – Business case to be published March 2017

Date: 10 Feb, 2017

The papers for the February 2017 Board meeting contain the following update on Crossrail 2

“Work continues to finalise the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for submission to the Government in March 2017. Drafts of the five cases (commercial, economic, financial, management and strategic) have been shared, and comments received from
sub-panel members, the Crossrail 2 Programme Board, GLA colleagues and the Department for Transport (DfT). A series of meetings and detailed briefings are planned before submission, to ensure a robust and comprehensive SOBC – including a further session with Lord Ahmad, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and a workshop with members of the DfT’s Business Investment and Commercial Committee.

The Crossrail 2 Programme Board also met in January to further comment on the SOBC.
There has been good progress and joint working with the Greater London Authority in preparing the Housing Delivery Report,
which will be included as an appendix to the SOBC. This will explain how we will deliver the 200,000 new homes proposed along
the route. There has also been extensive work undertaken to ensure Crossrail 2 aligns with the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and wider London Plan discussions.

The team are working towards the next route-wide public consultation, which will take place later this year following
submission and endorsement of the SOBC. Discussions are continuing with DfT officials regarding an update to the
safeguarding directions. ”

We read this as meaning that the new case for Crossrail 2 will be sent to the government in March 2017 and we would expect the contents to be made public. A further public consultation is proposed for later this year. We will publicise any information we discover and a number of Freedom of Information requests are in process.