Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have today published their initial response to a range of the issues raised during the recent public consultation on Crossrail 2.
The consultation was launched jointly by TfL and Network Rail last year. It received nearly 21,000 responses on 40 issues including station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the proposed route, service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services.
TfL and Network Rail say they are still working on some of the complex challenges, including tackling some of the issues that attracted the most feedback in the consultation and in light of the recommendations made from the National Infrastructure Commission – set up by the Government to review the scheme, and subsequent Government response.
They say no final decisions have yet been made on the proposed route for Crossrail 2 and this work will help to continue to develop proposals and inform that decision. At several locations – including Wimbledon, Balham, Tooting Broadway, in Wandsworth, and at King’s Road Chelsea – TfL say more work needs to be done, and that plans for these areas will be published later this year.
TfL say they are working on a number of ideas to address issues which arose in the consultation, such as the idea of an additional entrance on St John’s Hill at Clapham Junction.
Michèle Dix, TfL’s Managing Director for Crossrail 2, said: “Taking into account the views of people along the length of the proposed route is an integral part of our design process for Crossrail 2. It helps ensure we can design a railway that not only meets the strategic needs of the scheme but the local needs of the people it will serve.
“Crossrail 2 is absolutely vital to meet the increasing demands of the rapidly growing population of London and the South East. It will also help support hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs across the region. We will continue to work in partnership with local communities in the months and years ahead so that we maximise these benefits and preserve and enhance areas along the proposed route.”
Chris Curtis, Network Rail’s Head of Crossrail 2, said: “The responses to the consultation are helping us develop our proposals further. This work will continue to make sure that the benefits of Crossrail 2 spread right out across London, Surrey, Hertfordshire and beyond.”
TfL and Network Rail are now working with the Department for Transport to develop Crossrail 2 ahead of further public consultation expected to take place this autumn. Subject to delivering on key recommendations made from the National Infrastructure Commission, a Hybrid Bill could be submitted in 2019 which could enable construction starting in the early 2020s, with the first Crossrail 2 service running in 2033.