Councillor shares residents’ concerns over Crossrail 2 impact on common

Published: Thursday 29th January 15

The council’s transport and environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook says he shares the concerns of local residents worried about the potential impact of Crossrail 2 tunnelling work on Wandsworth Common.

Residents are worried that the construction of the new tube link could have an adverse impact on the common after it was identified by Transport for London as a potential location to construct a ventilation shaft and emergency access point to the proposed tunnel.

The site on the common is near the Skylark cafe with another site identified on Trinity Fields, on the corner of Trinity Road with Burntwood Lane. TfL has identified a larger temporary works area but there would also be a small but permanent structure remaining at both of these locations.

Cllr Cook says he shares the views of residents who are worried that this could result in the loss of valuable green open space, as well as local sports pitches.

He said: “Residents are anxious about this possible intrusion on to the common. We share these concerns and are pressing TfL to look for alternative sites that would have less of an impact.

“We are also concerned about their plans for another works site near to Clapham Junction and we are making strong representations about that location too.

“It is of course undeniable that the arrival of Crossrail 2 in Clapham Junction and Tooting will bring major economic benefits to the borough and make the daily commute into the heart of the city much easier and quicker for tens of thousands of Wandsworth residents. It is really excellent news that these new tube services are coming to the borough.

“However it is vital that the project doesn’t have an unacceptably adverse impact on the parts of Wandsworth Common that are well used and dearly loved by local people. The site in Clapham Junction is also key to our plans for the multi-million pound regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates, so it is equally important that we make a strong case to TfL to persuade them to identify other sites in that part of the borough, including railway land, that could be more suitable.

“Residents can rest assured that we are raising these concerns with TfL as we look to secure the best possible outcome for people living near the common and also on the Winstanley and York Gardens estates.

Crossrail 2, which was for many years also known locally as the Chelsea Hackney line, will link south west and north east London and bring the tube network to Clapham Junction for the very first time. It will also provide a new underground service to Tooting Broadway.

Work on the project is not due to start until 2020 and will take around ten years, so it is not yet clear when and for how long sites in this borough would be required. When finally completed the line will run from Hackney to Wimbledon via Euston St Pancras, Tottenham Court Road, Victoria, Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway. Bringing tube services to Clapham Junction and improving connectivity to the south of the borough have been key transport priorities for the council for many years.

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Recent comments

It's people like Cllr Cook that make public services so expensive. Crossrail 2 would benefit the area greatly. But objectors seeking to make a name for themselves by pretending to care, put spanners in the works, delay projects and cost us all money. He needs to find an honerable cause, not just object to things because he can make noise about them. The common is huge and very sparsly populated 95% of the time - ithe Crossrail works will have insignificant impace on anyone's life.
Mark Clinch

14 February 2015

It's early days, but good that people are being consulted now. It will be a building site for a couple of years, but surely worth it in the long run. Some great ideas here about "reclaiming" some of Wandsworth Common where the current train line cuts through it. A couple more nice bridges over the existing track would be a good compromise and could lead to an overall improvement in this wonderful natural public space.
Mark H

2 February 2015

The Borough needs better transport links - short term pain for long term gain
T M Powell

1 February 2015

Is it not time that the general public came into the 21st century and realized that if the UK wishes to remain at the forefront of the world that they do not keep on wishing to block all progress to this effect. The tunnel boring has not so far caused any problems to central London so is unlikely to cause any damage to the upper part of the common unless it is to open up a big inspection hole? however even if this is necessary Nature will soon recover. This central West East link is required to allow easier access to business visitors and visitors to access central London and bring much needed income to the UK.
Frank White

31 January 2015

Crossrail 2 will be so good for the area and the residents it must go ahead as soon as possible. I support earlier comments calling for partial covering of the existing rail line (a living bridge?), but even without that, a ventilation shaft is a small feature and can easily be disguised, perhaps by trees - as the windmill originally built for the railway currently is!
Andy Steele

31 January 2015

Nothing can blight the common more than the overground rail line. A solution could involve accepting the Crossrail 2 proposal in return for covering at least some of the existing rail line with a grassed over roof. Rather than damaging the common, this would be a considerable improvement.
Nigel Brindley

31 January 2015

We need to have some artist impressions of what the ventilation shaft would look like. I have seen some that are not very intrusive at all and I wouldn't consider them to be a problem. As for temporary work sites, the long term benefits of Crossrail 2 absolutely justify having work sites in this area for a few years, as long as the common is returned to it's current (or better) condition. There is a lot of NIMBYism going on as usual, I'm sure the same people wouldn't complain when their house prices go through the roof!
Dylan Williams

31 January 2015

Wittling away at our limited green spaces should not be allowed - urban livers need green! - gradually gradually there will just be a token green patch instead of a common
Margaret Coke

30 January 2015

The whole of Wandsworth seems to be a building site these days. Perhaps Wandsworth Council should consider giving a huge council tax rebate to folk who are inconvenienced .
Elizabeth Denton

30 January 2015

Why were these plans not flagged up earlier? Cross Rail 2 will no doubt be of great benefit to Wandsworth residents, but NOT at the expense of ruining Wandsworth Common. The environment where we live is also of great importance & as we become more wealthy that should not be at the expense of the environmental quality of our lives. As with Heathrow where 'vested interests' have no concern over the safety or environment of London's residents, the bottom line should not be allowed to rule over everything else. THE PROJECT IS NOT BIGGER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT, SO LET'S NOT JUST GET ON WITH IT REGARDLESS. Wandsworth Council must talk with residents & TFL to find a better solution.
James Marsh

30 January 2015

I don't think it is a tube link by the way! Without the foresight of previous generations, we would not have the transport infrastucture in place from which we benefit. The children of today who as adults tomorrow, will blame us for the lack of vision and planning. LET'S GET ON WITH IT!
Christopher Kearns

30 January 2015

Whilst it is good to have the backing of the Council sharing residents concerns in this matter, it is vital to keep up the pressure on TfL, the local MP, and the Minister for Transport. The blight caused by constructing ventilation shafts et al on the Common will take 10 years to complete (assuming it finishes on time!), during which time there will be a significant loss of amenities and environmental damage. Keep the campaign up.
Michael Goodrich

30 January 2015

The Victorians, of course, built a main railway line right across the common. But attitudes have changed. Crossrail 2 is probably vital to London but the Council has a duty to protect open space and ensure that the impact on the Common is as minimal as possible. We need to know a lot more about this project.
K. Powell

30 January 2015

The proposed sites for ventilation and access would seriously and irreparably damage the green space and amenities of the Wandsworth Common area, and are unacceptable. The Council should do everything to ensure that alternative sites are found.
Philip Barnard

30 January 2015

I am not opposed to crossrail but surely the ventilation shaft and similar workings can be moved to a place away from the childrens playground or café. Can you tell me why Crossrail doesn't have a stop in between Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway...it would benefit so many more people in the SW18 area and with the new Springfield development doesn't it make sense to have more stops and reduce road traffic?
David Hawkins

30 January 2015

Where in Wandsworth would Mr Cook suggest Crossrail locate its construction sites? Wandsworth Common would seem an obvious location, which would have relatively minor adverse impact. Cook seems to be pandering to an extreme case of NIMBYism - it doesn't win my vote, Cllr Cook
Luke and Jim

30 January 2015

Whilst I appteciate the benefits that Crossrail 2 will bring, there will be a significant negative impact to house prices for the 10 year period while the works are carried out. Additonally those residents of earlsfield / burntwood lane area will not see the benefit to property prices in the long term (as are not close enough to tooting or clapham junction) but are expected to bear the brunt of 10 years disruption and decrease in property value. The council needs to push for an alternative location which will not adversely impact residents, cause severe long term problems with roads which are already over crowded, and hinder full use of Wandsworth Common.
A Rogers

30 January 2015

Crossrail II will be fantastic for residents when completed. I am sure that there can be some better options when looking at siting the access points and ventilation shafts. Equally it is naïve to assume that there will be no disruption as CR II is built. The council (and Whitehall) can also facilitate options for residents and sports such as consolidating Battersea Ironsides Rugby from their existing 6 locations at the Springfield Hospital/ golf centre site and making use of the other borough green space that is available.
Eoghan Cunningham

30 January 2015

What about the impact on Tooting Broadway with Crossrail surface work planned in two residential areas. Can the Council put this on their list of concerns as well as Wandsworth Common and Clapham Junction. Tooting always has a low priority rating with the Council.
Brionie Sherriff

30 January 2015

Too much green space is lost in the name of progress. "WaBI01 - Greater London Authority/London Borough of Wandsworth November 2002 - Wandsworth Common is classed as a site of borough importance grade 1." Land has been gradually taken from the common over the centuries - no more.
Peter Clarke

30 January 2015

The main concern to my mind is the construction of an access point to the tunnel which presumably will leave a permanent structure on the common. This must be resisted. Why can't any permanent structures we sited alongside the railway line on the embankment?
jennifer knight

30 January 2015

I am very pleased to hear these objections are being taken seriously. Most local schools use both proposed sites for sports every weekday - and most Saturdays. The current football, rugby, cricket and athletics facilities will all be affected - with no thought as to where they will be relocated. There are other sites locally that will more than adequately for the bill without destroying these vital spaces.
Shona McLeod

30 January 2015

I THINK MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND BALANCE ABOUT CRITICISING TFL'S PLANS FOR CROSSRIAL 2. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE BOROUGH THAT THIS PROJECT SHOULD BE SEEN THROUGH TO FRUITION. CONCERNS ABOUT THE LOCATION OF WORKS, ESPECIALLY TEMPORARY INTRUSIONS, SHOULD BE SECONDARY TO THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF SEEING THE PROJECT THROUGH. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COUNCIL SHOULD BE CLEAR IN STATING THESE PRIORITIES IN THE CORRECT ORDER.
STEPHEN WRIGHT

30 January 2015

a small loss of land is a small price to pay for major rail capacity enhancements for London and the South East
Kaleem Mirza

30 January 2015