East London line strapped

The East London Line extension between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction is facing a £30 million funding shortfall, throwing the second phase into doubt.

London mayor Boris Johnson said he would provide half the money and wrote to transport secretary Geoff Hoon urging him to provide the remaining £15 million.

But the government said it has already given Transport for London (TfL) a "generous" funding package for the next ten years and it is for the mayor and TfL to decide on their priorities for transport investment in London.

The spokeswoman added that £45 million has already been provided towards the estimated £110 million total cost for the second phase of the extension.

The London Borough of Wandsworth joined the call for funding. In a letter to Hoon, leader Edward Lister said: "This is just about the best-value infrastructure project in the capital. The south London boroughs need this link to ease overcrowding on existing routes and cope with rising population."


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