Public consultation has begun on the route and design of Crossrail 2.
Transport for London say the benefits would be felt across the UK, supporting thousands of new homes and jobs, as well as helping meet the demands of London’s rapidly growing population.
Their proposals set out the route, the locations of station entrances and ventilation shafts and train frequencies.
Crossrail 2 would serve central London through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire, and helping relieve increasing pressure on London’s transport network.
TfL say that, even with the successful construction of Crossrail, and ongoing improvements to London Underground and the National Rail network, further large-scale infrastructure projects are vital to support the Capital’s population increase, from a record 8.6 million today to 10 million people by 2030. Current proposals would see Crossrail 2 services become operational in 2030.
Some 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs could be supported by the scheme, through the housing and economic growth it would support, with 60,000 full-time jobs also being supported through the construction and operation of Crossrail 2 and across the UK in engineering, construction and manufacturing through its supply chain.
It has been estimated by KPMG that Crossrail 2 could make a significant contribution, worth up to £102bn, to the UK’s economy by boosting productivity.
The new railway would provide capacity for 270,000 more people to access central London during the morning peak, connecting Clapham Junction directly to central London and beyond in to Herts.
Crossrail 2 would also free up space on some of the most congested lines on the National Rail network. Significant passenger growth is expected at key mainline stations and Waterloo alone has seen numbers rise from 86.4m to 98.4m, almost 15 per cent, during the last five years.
Transport for London and Network Rail have already carried out two consultations on Crossrail 2, which have shown strong support for the railway from the public, businesses and others.
The current consultation includes the proposed station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route; the proposed locations of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section; the proposed construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme; and proposed service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “Crossrail 2 will be a vital new transport link that will significantly improve capacity on the rail network into and out of London. It will also provide a major boost for jobs, new homes and economic growth here in the Capital and far beyond. Crossrail 2 is a major infrastructure project and so it’s vital that we get it right from the start. This consultation is key to helping us to fine tune the proposals and to ensure that everyone with a view on Crossrail 2 can have their say and is listened to. We know that there’s massive support for Crossrail 2 and there is real excitement and momentum behind our efforts to get it delivered.”
Michele Dix, TfL’s Managing Director of Crossrail 2, said: “Crossrail 2 will provide a UK-wide economic boost supporting hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs. It is also vital to meet the demands of London’s rapidly growing population.
“This consultation gives people the chance to comment on where we are proposing to put station entrances, work sites and ventilation shafts needed to run Crossrail 2. As development of this vital railway continues, we will be taking on board feedback from the consultation to progress the designs for the project, so that we can open the railway by 2030.”
Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Crossrail 2’s construction is vital for keeping London moving. The scheme also offers huge potential to unlock new housing opportunities in the Capital. We welcome this consultation as an important step in moving toward delivering extra much-needed rail transport capacity.”