London’s businesses will not get a vote on paying for Crossrail after Boris Johnson was told by the government that there will be 'belt and braces' assurances on the matter.

The London mayor had written to John Healey, local government minister, to make sure that companies in the city would not have any choice over having to pay £3.5bn towards the east-west rail scheme for the capital.

In the current climate, businesses would have been likely to vote against paying the levy despite the longterm benefits of the project.

Financial Times