However the DfT have made it crystal clear that not enough housing = not enough users to make the thing viable. Hence the doubts about the Southgate branch on the official analysis of the scheme.
so the message is you had better get used to lots more urban intensification in future because thats how big new transport projects must be funded apparently.
Have they? Is the 200,000 homes number a new or increased value? I didn't think it was. I'm struggling a tiny bit with the concept that CR2 won't have enough passengers given it's designed to relieve multiple sections of the tube and rail network which are stated as being horrendously overloaded and likely to get even worse. Yes support to regeneration and new housing in some designated areas is part of the package but surely that's not the sole determinant of the scheme proceeding? If it is we might as well stop work now because 200,000 new homes will never support £20+bn worth of expenditure on a cross London railway line.