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Council leader sees lobbying advantage through link to Crossrail 2 appointee

A director of the PR firm co-founded by Kingston Council leader Councillor Kevin Davis has been announced as head of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission.

Sir Merrick Cockell, a non-executive Cratus director, will work with councils and businesses to “support housing and job creation” along the planned north-south route, the company said.

Last October, Mayor Boris Johnson backed a regional Crossrail 2 route plan that would see high-speed trains visit five of the borough’s stations: Kingston, New Malden, Motspur Park, Surbiton and Chessington South. Commuters would be whisked from Kingston to Tottenham Court Road in less than half-an-hour on the service, which Mr Johnson said was vital “for the capital to remain globally competitive”.

The scheme, to be completed by 2030, would be a boon to passengers who are currently packed, sardine-like, into suburban trains towards town. Surrey County Council has launched a study considering the benefits of extending the route further into the county.


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