Transport for London’s (TfL) planning committee has released a draft report on the potential for a new railway route to be built across the Thames, but has been criticised for the lack of detail.
The committee, which is due to review the Metropolitan Line’s viability, has been given the task of studying the possible routes and whether they would be safe to build.
It is expected to deliver its report next month, but a draft of the report released last week has highlighted the need for better detail.
TfL had proposed a new route from Piccadilly to St Pancras and beyond, but its final report said there was no compelling evidence that it would be feasible.
In addition, there was a lack of sufficient data and an overall lack of planning and infrastructure on the route, according to the committee’s report, which was submitted to the London mayor.
It said that if the Met Line is to continue to be a viable project, there should be a strong track-safety plan in place and “an effective network management plan” to ensure the new route is safe.
TfsL has repeatedly said that the Met Link, which will connect London to Liverpool via Piccador Station, would not be built, and is currently looking at other routes.
Transport for England (Tfe) has been tasked with reviewing the MetLink and will release its report in May, although the committee has said it is unlikely to recommend a new line.
Tfe has said that it wants to see more detail from TfA about the Metlink before deciding whether to take it forward, and the committee said that its report should not be viewed as a recommendation for a particular line.
Transport Minister Peter Hendy said: “This is a very serious issue.
Transport for Wales has also criticised the Metlin rail link, which runs through the heart of Cardiff, and has called for the Met link to be scrapped. “
This new report will help us ensure that we are delivering on the promise of this vital project and that it meets the needs of our residents and visitors to the capital.”
Transport for Wales has also criticised the Metlin rail link, which runs through the heart of Cardiff, and has called for the Met link to be scrapped.
“It’s time for the Metropolitan Link to be cancelled,” a spokesperson for the Welsh government said.
“There is no justification for the proposal, and it doesn’t go far enough to ensure a safe, secure and affordable link for commuters to and from the Capital.”
This is part of a series on the rail network, which explores what it means for the future of the railways, how it will be funded and how the Government will be affected.