Crossrail 2 carves a new route

The NewsSimon FellComment

The Crossrail 2 team have put forward their latest proposals for the project. The new route suggests swapping out a stop at Tooting Broadway for one in Balham, and proposes a station at Wood Green, replacing ones at Turnpike Lane and Alexandra Palace.

Crossrail 2 would carry 45,000 passengers an hour between south-west and north-east London. TfL and the Mayor deem it to be essential, especially given the fact that they project HS2 to place even more demand on the transport network as commuters descend on Euston in increasing numbers. 

TfL has already submitted a bid to the government for funding to begin the process of moving the scheme forward with political and legislative support. The decision on whether to award the £250m requested will be one of the first decisions made by the Government's new independent infrastructure commission, headed by former transport secretary Lord Adonis. 

If the scheme receives the funding and approval to progress, construction could begin in 2020, with the first service running in 2030.

The Crossrail 2 team are currently consulting on the latest round of proposals, looking specifically at:

  • Station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
  • The location of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
  • The construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
  • Proposed service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services

This is project which will fundamentally affect London, the connectivity of many local communities, and our wider transport network.

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