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12.03.14

Crossrail 2 is ‘Global Engineering Project of the Year

Crossrail 2, the new proposed rail link connecting southwest to northeast London, has won the Global Engineering Project of the Year award at the 7th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

The Award honours the projects that demonstrate the region’s technical engineering capacity, especially in areas of design and creative problem solving. Crossrail 2 was nominated for the project’s large-scale, innovative approach to building a new regional rail line through the heart of London.

Crossrail 2, which is still at the root design stage, is expected to create a new high frequency, high capacity rail line with shorter journey times providing much needed additional capacity on the transport network alongside the upgrade works on London Underground and the delivery of Crossrail 1.

The winning project was voted for by industry leaders in infrastructure who were attending the forum event, which was organised by CG/LA Infrastructure.

Michele Dix, Transport for London’smanaging director of planning, said: “After the positive response we received from the public and stakeholders it’s fantastic to see Crossrail 2 being welcomed and recognised just as enthusiastically by our international colleagues, particularly at this early stage.

“Crossrail 2 will play a crucial role in the future growth of London so it is important that we continue to move forward with this work to ensure that the capital’s transport network is prepared to cope with its forecasted population growth.”

The proposed next steps for Crossrail 2 are:

  • 2014: Protect a preferred route from development by using a legal process known as safeguarding. The current route safeguarded is known as the Chelsea-Hackney line
  • 2014-15: Planning work on the preferred (Metro/Regional) option
  • Late 2015: Undertake a public consultation on the preferred option
  • 2016-19: Detailed design, further consultation and application for planning powers
  • 2020-2030: Construct and test Crossrail 2
  • Early 2030s: Crossrail 2 opens to the public

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Comments

Nonsuchmike   18/03/2014 at 14:05

Would it be too much to ask of the planners that they combine their plans for CR2 with those at the London end of HS2 so that a combined subterranean Interchange @ Euston/St Pancras, maybe on two levels, is treated as one item and the building (inc preparation work) spread over as wide a time frame as possible? In that way the inevitable disruption to services, traffic and not least to the actual people who live and work in the immediate vicinity will be minimised.

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