Latest Rail News


Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’ and delivered by 2033 – NIC

Crossrail 2 must be taken forward as a priority to meet the demands of London’s growth, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said in a new report published today.

The report says that London will be a ‘megacity’ of more than 10 million people by 2033, putting extensive pressure on transport and infrastructure – for example, the amount of passengers at morning peak times at Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Victoria will increase by 40%, causing operational difficulties.

It says that Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT) should look into proposals to maximise Crossrail 2’s benefits, including getting more than 50% funding from London, and prepare a revised business proposal by March 2017 and a hybrid bill by autumn 2019 in order to ensure the line can open in 2033.

Lord Adonis, chair of the NIC, said: “London needs Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible. A new North-East to South-West line would help relieve severe overcrowding across some of the busiest Network Rail stations in the country, and the most congested Underground lines and overground commuter routes.”

The commission recommend that TfL and DfT strike a ‘London deal for Crossrail 2’ funding agreement where London taxpayers and businesses pay more than half the costs of the scheme.

The report also states that delivery should maximise private sector involvement in the development and funding of stations, look at ways to build at least 200,000 homes along the route, and identity proposals to increase affordability, such as delaying the north-western branch to New Southgate.

The NIC stated that Crossrail 2 should be ‘at the heart’ of the new London Plan, alongside existing commitments to upgrades and other pieces of new infrastructure. However, it should not prevent the development of other high value schemes.

It has also been recommended that the revised business case should include developed plans on costs, funding, housing and stations.

Lord Adonis called for greater business investment in major new infrastructure projects like Crossrail 2 at last year’s TransCityRail North event. Network Rail’s chair, Sir Peter Hendy, also reiterated this call at a recent London Assembly Transport hearing.

It was also revealed in December 2015 that HS2 and the DfT agreed a major package of assurances with Camden Council, including a £4m construction skills centre and oversight over Euston station and Crossrail 2, in an effort to mitigate the programmes’ impact in the area.


Andrew Gwilt   11/03/2016 at 00:14

Plus there will be plans to upgrade some parts of the West Anglia Main Line between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne with Crossrail 2 trains terminating at Broxbourne and Hertford East and possibly Crossrail 2 could go as far as Harlow Town, Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport in the North East and also extending and terminating at Alexandra Palace and New Southgate in North London and Crossrail 2 to extend South West where it will be taking over some of South West Trains metro routes to Twickenham, Richmond, Brentford, Epsom, Chessington, Surbiton, Norbiton, Kingston Hampton Court and Shepperton in South West London, North East Surrey and North Surrey with the eastern section of Crossrail 2 to extend to Woodford and Epping in Essex via Leytonstone and taking over the London Underground Central Line or sharing the tracks with the Central Line between Leytonstone and Epping.

Andrew Gwilt   11/03/2016 at 00:41

As in upgrading the West Anglia Main Line to 4 tracks with 2 tracks being used for Crossrail 2 and 2 tracks for Abellio GA/Stansted Express with stations between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne to be taken over by Crossrail 2 once the tunneling is completed plus a brand new railway station called Picketts Lock to be built and to be opened about 2022/2023.

Chris   11/03/2016 at 08:38

Andrew, the plans for taking over a Central line branch are irrelevant now.

Scottie   11/03/2016 at 13:06

If London is to grow into a "Megacity" with a population of 10 Million plus. Other Rail and Underground improvements will be needed other than just Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo Line extension to SE London. Another alternative that I believe warrants serious consideration is extending even further the new LU Northern Line extension from Battersea Power station development onwards to Clapham Junction. That would also assist with easing overcrowding at London Victoria and London Waterloo as well. Surely this plan / proposal deserves a feasibility study !

Add your comment



rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News


HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines th... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >


Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >