Commenting on the MCIL2 EiP, which starts today (11 September), David Hart, director at Momentum Transport said: “Momentum is broadly supportive of Crossrail 2 and of MCIL2 as a means of funding the project. However, we are concerned that urgent clarification is required regarding a specific clause in the proposal determining how – and specifically when – money could be diverted to other infrastructure projects in the case that Crossrail 2 does not proceed.

“The Mayor’s Transport Strategy identifies unfunded transport schemes that MCIL2 could contribute towards in the case that Crossrail 2 does not go ahead.  However, there is currently no clarification regarding what threshold would need to be crossed for Crossrail 2 to be deemed not to be proceeding. Our concern is that ring-fenced funds, which will have built up, could potentially be reallocated and completely eroded should the project be delayed – if that delay is deemed as the scheme not proceeding. Whereas it is entirely possible that, in the event of a significant delay, the funds which will have been built up could amount to a sum large enough to potentially pay for a considerably greater proportion of the project than is currently intended, thereby helping to unlock its delivery.

“We hope to see an acknowledgment of this concern during the EiP so that the criteria regarding project ‘go’ or ‘no-go’ can be clarified.”

About David Hart

David Hart is a director at Momentum Transport. He has built a substantial background in leading the delivery of robust transport planning, highway design, servicing and waste management strategy advice associated with many high profile development and transport projects. In doing so, he has developed excellent working relationships with clients and design teams working on demanding, complex and challenging schemes.

The projects for which David has led transport consultancy services include Nova – Victoria, 21 Moorfields, Portland House, The Zig-zag Building and Kings Gate, 62 Buckingham Gate, Arundel Great Court, 20 Fenchurch Street, Wood Wharf and 5 Broadgate. He also led pedestrian modelling studies associated with Elizabeth Line proposals at Paddington Station. David is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

About Momentum

Momentum is a leading integrated, people-first transport consultancy. Founded in 2012 the company creates transport strategies and solutions that inform, integrate with and are integral to every aspect of the built environment today and for the future. Focusing on the emerging, universal and critical issues facing development Momentum works with clients to address the multi-faceted challenges of the industry and to create forward-looking solutions. The company’s three core areas of specialism in planning, insight & analytics and engineering are bound together by a shared vision to improve the environments we live, work and play in. The company works in markets including commercial, cultural and heritage, education, major events, masterplanning, public realm, residential, retail and stadia and venues.

Notes to editor

The Mayor’s current Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL1) was introduced in 2012 to help finance Crossrail, the major new rail link that will connect central London to Reading and Heathrow in the West and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

MCIL2 will be subject to independent examination and it is intended that MCIL2 will be levied from April 2019, and will supersede MCIL1. MCIL2 will contribute to the funding of Crossrail 2. The EiP takes place on 11 and 12 September 2018.

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