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Council leaders call for ‘eastern phase’ to Crossrail 2 to promote growth

Crossrail 2 must be extended to east London in order to foster growth in the region, council leaders have said.

According to a new study from transport consultancy GHD, which was commissioned jointly by Essex, Newham, Hackney and Barking and Dagenham councils and will be published in a few weeks, it says that an ‘eastern phase’ to Crossrail 2 will support economic and population growth in the boroughs.

Crossrail 2 is currently planned to have one line from Angel to Hertfordshire, but the study recommends that the track split after Angel, to accommodate a new branch passing through the eastern boroughs, linking with the Essex Thameside network, and terminating at Basildon and Grays.

Mayor Jules Pipe of Hackney said: “This new research demonstrates the huge potential it would unlock for growth. The threat to these aspirations by expecting the existing transport infrastructure to cope means it’s crucial the government commits as soon as possible.”

Mayor Robin Wales of Newham told the Hackney Citizen: “The government has historically failed to fund infrastructure in east London and have held this part of the city back for too long.

“Investing in Crossrail 2 with an eastern phase would help deliver further economic benefits to the capital and deliver the huge potential of the area. The government must not miss this opportunity.”

Crossrail 2 received the formal green light in last week’s Budget.

(Image: Crossrail 2 regional option map, c. Transport for London)


David   23/03/2016 at 17:45

To the author: you're using a rather outdated version of the 'regional' map which does not include the extension to New Southgate or the alternative route option via Balham - it also indicates the proposal for a future eastern branch.

Andrew G   28/03/2016 at 01:29

So Crossrail 2 could be extended east to Stratford, Barking, Dagenham and even to Grays, Basildon, Pitsea, Southend Central and Shoeburyness. That's impossible. Crossrail 2's safeguarded route is already being planned and it will go from Hertford East & Harlow Town and New Southgate to Wimbledon, Sutton, Chessington, Epsom, Hampton Court, Norbiton, Surbiton, Hampton Wick, Staines and as far as Guildford and Woking and possibly to Epping via Leytonstone and sharing tracks with the Central Line. With Crossrail 2 to be extended to Stansted Airport in the future.

David   30/03/2016 at 01:16

With all due respect... what the f**k are you on about.

Andrew Gwilt   13/04/2016 at 10:06

Well done for dropping the "F" bomb David. I predicate on what you commented with that "F" word.

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