Crossrail 2 edges closer
Published: Wednesday 26th June 13
Today (Wednesday), Chancellor George Osborne approved initial scoping work on a new underground route between north and south London which would include stops at Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway.
Wandsworth has been building support for 'Crossrail 2' and the announcement has been welcomed by council leader Ravi Govindia.
He said: "This is the signal that the Government is listening and is now serious about Crossrail 2. The scheme is vital to Wandsworth and will bring new jobs, new investment and homes to the borough. We will keep up the pressure in the months ahead and do everything we can to bring this new Tube route to our borough.
"An underground link is particularly important to Clapham Junction where it would ease congestion and vastly increase the station's effectiveness as a major transport hub outside of Zone 1.
"We also believe the Northern Line can be extended to Clapham Junction giving the station two high capacity underground lines alongside its many rail and bus connections. This would be of enormous benefit to the many thousand of people who use this station each day."
Crossrail 2 aims to relieve transport congestion, help meet growing demand and provide a catalyst for new jobs and homes.
Transport for London and Network Rail are running a joint consultation on the scheme which asks for Londoners views on two potential route options. Both options include stops in Wandsworth at Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway stations.
The public are encouraged to respond and share their views at http://www.crossrail2.co.uk/.
Crossrail 2 could be operational in 2030.
Metro or Regional option
A route for Crossrail 2, formerly known as the Chelsea-Hackney Line, has been kept free from any intrusive building development since 1991 and any new buildings along the route have been constructed to allow for a potential new railway line.
TfL is now reviewing this safeguarded route and has proposed two alternatives which would better meet the rail needs of the Capital in the future - a Metro option and a Regional option.
The Metro option could offer a high frequency underground service across central London.
This option could be an underground railway and could operate between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace.
The route would relieve congestion on trains and platforms on the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
The Regional option could benefit people in Hertfordshire, Surrey and beyond by enabling more trains to run on busy National Rail routes. This route could be a combined underground and overground railway and could operate from Alexandra Palace and stations in Hertfordshire to various locations in southwest London and Surrey.
Notes to editors:
A flythrough of the proposed routes is available here: http://youtu.be/uKoUqjeBT0Q Please note a broadcast quality version is available upon request.