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Khan’s deputy: ‘London investment will benefit rest of country’

London’s deputy mayor for transport has called for more certainty over the capital’s infrastructure investment – and claimed this will also benefit the rest of the country.

Speaking yesterday, Heidi Alexander said investing in London is “not to the detriment of the rest of the country”.

“Let’s be honest, when we invest in transport in London, we invest in transport in the whole of the country,” she said.

Sadiq Khan’s deputy explained that infrastructure investment in the capital has an economic impact across the country, for example with Crossrail trains being manufactured in Derby.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has previously suggested northern parts of HS2 could be delivered ahead of its London section, and in July pledged to fund the Northern Powerhouse Rail link.

At that announcement, Mr Johnson said he wanted to “be the prime minister who does with Northern Powerhouse Rail what we did for Crossrail in London”.

Ms Alexander said at London First’s infrastructure summit yesterday that Mr Johnson is aware of the benefits that investment in the capital has on the rest of the country. “Boris Johnson knows that, he was mayor of London, he needs to put his money where his mouth is,” she said.

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