The massively overspent Crossrail project is still so far behind schedule that it is not scheduled to open any time soon. And that’s before the Rona siege.
With cash being splashed to keep Britain on life support it is difficult to imagine such a massive unfinished project as Crossrail could warrant any more of the countries readies.
Just as a the EU seems to be operating as 26 individual countries once again, blocking overseas investment in their key operations, the chance of overseas investment in say Crossrail would be a travesty. So here’s a suggestion, why not scrap this project in its current form. Instead remove all the rails and give them to HS2 and turn the tunnels into cycle lanes.
It would get a lot more people being able to commute to central London safely, reduce the volume of exhaust fumes from cars, increase the exercise level of users. OK it will the mostly costly cycle lane in the world, maybe the government could raise VAT on lycra and cycle helmets to 200 % to redress the loss. Crossrail could charge the equivalent of the tube fare to use the tunnel. It would also reduce the pavement cyclists and the abuse of road rules, they could sort themselves out in the tunnel. And they could be joined by the nutters on electric scooters who could up-rate their charges to hit 100 mph. Who would care, and another problem solved.
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