Crossrail completion vital

THE completion of Crossrail and tube upgrades should be the main priorities for the next government, according to members of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

LCCI chief executive Colin Stanbridge said: “We desperately need action to keep London ahead of our international business rivals such as New York and making firm commitments on everything from tax to Crossrail will be essential if we are to succeed.”

Crossrail is scheduled to be complete by 2017, costing £15.9bn to build and boosting the UK economy by £36bn. While the tube upgrade will cost £11.4bn.