Work on two projects officially put on hold last week

Teams working on the mothballed Crossrail 2 and Bakerloo line extension projects have now been redeployed onto other schemes, Transport for London has said.

A spokesperson for TfL also confirmed that Michele Dix, managing director for Crossrail 2, was still working on the plans to ensure the route is safeguarded.

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A new Bakerloo line station is planned at this retail site at New Cross Gate

Last week, TfL commissioner Andy Byford confirmed work on the two projects, which are worth a combined £36bn, had officially been put on hold.

Speaking to the London Assembly’s transport committee, Byford said: “We’re not tone deaf. We do know that there is a financial crisis in the country, £2 trillion of debt now. So, we won’t be able to do everything.”

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has recently safeguarded the route for the £4bn Bakerloo line scheme, due to run from the Elephant & Castle to Lewisham via the Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate.

And Byford said TfL would also be seeking safeguarding for Crossrail 2, which will link south-west and north-east London, as well as towns across Surrey and Hertfordshire.