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Strong support for Crossrail 2 from ICE members

Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers are strongly in favour of the development of Crossrail 2 with most favouring the regional proposals over a metro only solution.

Delegates at a meeting at the ICE this morning showed strong support for the route plans presented by Transport for London head of transport planning Matthew Yates.

Discussions from the delegates suggested that ICE members are all in favour of the new rail route but believe further work is needed on the funding mechanism and how the work will link in with the HS2 timetable. The possibility of providing better links to Stansted and Gatwick Airports was also questioned.

Yates said that considerable work had gone into the route options but there was still a lot of work to do on the scheme before the route is finalised. “The consultation is about putting a red boundary marker around the route to safeguard it from future development,” he said.

Yates told the group that there are two main elements to the proposal – a central metro, tunnelled section between Alexandra Palace and Wimbledon, and a regional extension that could serve a wider are to the north east and south west of London. The proposal is for the metro only solution to be served by 120m long, four car DLR style trains to maximise services with stations selected to offer good connectivity, but the regional solution would be served by longer 200m trains with more time between services.

“We are working with our engineering advisors at Mott MacDonald to see if there could be a phased delivery with the metro scheme delivered first and the regional extensions added later,” said Yates. “The benefit cost ratio (BCR) for the metro option is 1.2:1 while the regional plan has a BCR of 1.8:1. The BCR climbs to 3.5:1 for the metro and 4.1:1 when the wider benefits and potential new jobs are considered.”

Chair of ICE’s London Transport Panel Rachel Skinner said that the views presented by delegates at the meeting will contribute to the ICE’s response to TfL’s consultation on Crossrail 2.

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