Consultations for the route and design of Crossrail 2 have been formally launched today with a revised route as a result of poor ground conditions.
Geological faults and poor ground conditions have resulted in plans for a station at Tooting Broadway to be shelved and the rail line re-routed via Balham where additional ground investigations are now planned.
The Transport for London (TfL) has said that the Balham alternative could be built two years quicker and at half the cost.
TfL documents state that Crossrail 2 would serve central London through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire, and helping relieve increasing pressure on London’s transport network.
The current proposals suggest that construction on Crossrail 2 could start by 2020 and be operational by 2030.
“Crossrail 2 will be a vital new transport link that will significantly improve capacity on the rail network into and out of London,” said London mayor Boris Johnson.
“It will also provide a major boost for jobs, new homes and economic growth here in the capital and far beyond. Crossrail 2 is a major infrastructure project and so it’s vital that we get it right from the start.
“This consultation is key to helping us to fine tune the proposals and to ensure that everyone with a view on Crossrail 2 can have their say and is listened to. We know that there’s massive support for Crossrail 2 and there is real excitement and momentum behind our efforts to get it delivered.”
It has been estimated by KPMG that Crossrail 2 could make a significant contribution, worth up to £102bn, to the UK’s economy by boosting productivity.
According to TfL, the new railway would provide capacity for 270,000 more people to access central London during the morning peak and free up space on some of the most congested lines on the National Rail network.
Details of the consultation can be found at www.crossrail2.co.ukand the public has until Friday 8 January 2016 to submit responses. TfL has said that the results of the consultation and the outcomes of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission are expected in spring 2016 and will inform the submission to the Government for development consent.
Transport for London and Network Rail have already carried out two consultations on Crossrail 2, which have shown overwhelming support for the railway from the public, businesses and others. Feedback from these has been used in the development of more detailed proposals. This consultation now seeks views on:
- Proposed station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
- Proposed locations of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
- Proposed construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
- Proposed service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services