Crossrail 2 project 'hanging by a thread'

Reports that plans for a Crossrail 2 rail line from north to south London have been 'left hanging by a thread' after mayoral agency Transport for London (TfL) reported deteriorating finances feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "plans for a Crossrail 2 rail line from north to south London were left hanging by a thread on Tuesday after Transport for London disclosed the extent of its financial crisis". The paper says that "TfL, which has just agreed a £2.15bn rescue package with the government, admitted on Tuesday that it was already delaying several station upgrades in London, including Holborn and Camden Town, in an attempt to control costs".

The Times (subscription) reports that energy firm Cuadrilla "has been forced to pause fracking after the strongest earthquake to date caused by its operations was felt over a wide area". The paper says that "a 1.5 magnitude tremor happened at about 11.20am yesterday after several smaller tremors earlier in the day. It was the biggest of more than 30 tremors caused by Cuadrilla since it began fracking at Preston New Road, Lancashire, in October".

The Guardian reports that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea "has approved plans for a half-billion pound luxury retirement complex that includes just five affordable homes at a time when 14 families who survived the Grenfell Tower fire are still living in hotels 18 months on". The paper says that the council "granted consent for the scheme on a prime site in the south of the borough that includes 142 homes, some of which will be let for up to £10,000 a month".

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, "has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations", the Guardian reports. The paper says that the "acknowledgement of the scale and nature of the ecological crisis by the leader of one of the world’s major cities comes amid growing concern about the impact of climate change".

An article in the Times reports that British Steel Redcar has been named as the railway station with the "lowest passenger usage of all 2,563 stations in the country, with fewer than one person a week stepping onto its platforms". The paper says that the Office of Rail and Road "said that 40 people in a year used the station. It dropped below Barry Links station, in Angus, Scotland, where numbers have more than doubled to 52 a year".

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