Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that the safeguarding for the proposed route of Crossrail 2 across London has been agreed.
The decision, which protects the route of the proposed new line, has been hailed by London mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) as major step forward in development of the new rail line.
The decision follows a public consultation which set out the route that would be needed for the construction of Crossrail 2 and protects it from potential redevelopment plans that could affect it being built.
Linking key growth areas in south-west and north east London, Crossrail 2 will run through a tunnelled section from Wimbledon in the south to New Southgate and Tottenham Hale in the north. It will serve stations in this section including Tooting Broadway, Clapham Junction, King’s Road Chelsea, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, Euston St Pancras, Angel, Dalston Junction, Seven Sisters, Turnpike Lane and Alexandra Palace. Crossrail 2 will also serve some destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire using the existing National Rail network.
The business case will now be jointly developed by TfL and Network Rail using the £2M of funding agreed in the Autumn Statement and the help of four major consultancy groups TfL appointed earlier this year. More detailed proposals for the route, including route alignment and station locations, will be prepared for a further public consultation later in the autumn. Further detailed design will then be needed and an Application for Powers to build the scheme could be submitted in 2017 with the railway being operational by 2030.