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29.11.13

Crossrail 2 options get ‘stamp of approval’

A consultation shows huge support for Crossrail 2, with 95% of respondents in favour of the project.

Crossrail 2 will be key to relieving congestion and boosting economic growth, and could see trains running at a rate of between 30-40 an hour. Of almost 14,000 people surveyed, 84% strongly support or support a ‘regional option’ which could enable more trains on National Rail routes, with a combined underground and Overground railway. This could operate from Alexandra Palace and stations in Hertfordshire to locations across south west London and Surrey.

The other option was for a ‘metro’ style service, which 73% of respondents supported. This could operate between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace (maps showing indicative route maps can be found below).

The two options consulted on will meet future rail needs better than the original safeguarded route, known as the Chelsea-Hackney line.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This consultation reveals that there’s a very clear stamp of approval for Crossrail 2 from Londoners and from business. People can clearly see the immense value of a project that will relieve pressure on suburban rail routes and on the Underground, as well as helping to spur economic growth in a key quadrant of the capital.

“In addition, if HS2 goes ahead, Crossrail 2 would provide a vital interchange at Euston which would be under significant strain from greater passenger numbers. The key question now is not whether Crossrail 2 should happen, but how quickly can we get it built.”

TfL’s managing director of planning, Michele Dix, said: “Crossrail 2 is vital if we are to support the predicted 10 million people that are expected to be living in London by 2031. The positive response we have received from the public and stakeholders for Crossrail 2 is really encouraging – it could be operational in 2030 but it is essential that work continues now to meet this target.”

Paul Plummer, Network Rail group strategy director, said: “London’s railways are already the busiest and most congested in the country, with many main lines operating at, or close to, capacity. Projects like Thameslink and Crossrail will make a real difference but we must also press on with schemes such as Crossrail 2 so that public transport continues to support and drive economic growth in and around the capital.”

TfL and Network Rail will together consider the Crossrail 2 consultation findings and will make recommendations on the next steps to the Mayor of London in spring 2014. If a decision is taken to progress, more detailed consultations would then take place.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Chris   29/11/2013 at 13:27

Crossrail needs to also serve South London Metro rooutes via Balham or the increase in the already very large number of passengers interchanging at Clapham Junction will be so large that the station will not be able to cope Interchange from the Southern Metro trains at Clapham Junction would probably more than double as Crossrail 2 will be the first choice for many central London destinatrions and it will be much easier to board the trains there rather than at Victoria where they are likely to already be full

Gabriel Oaks   29/11/2013 at 17:50

Crossrail 2 should consider the regional element enabling more passengers to travel straight into London (and potentially closer to their final destination) rather than having to change onto the busy LUL network at already congested interchanges. It would be folly to spend huge sums only to 'add' to the LUL /Suburban rail system when there is so much potential for running services in from afar. In this respect are we having Crossrail 2 or Thameslink 2? (Perhaps a new name is required).

Robin   29/11/2013 at 21:15

Much more important than 20 year old HS2 an EU rail to nowhere!...65 years late as is Northern Line extension to Battersea & St.georges Wharf

Brooks   13/12/2013 at 12:38

Why can't we just get on with these projects. We are taking too long to make decisions and this does not help with project costs.

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