Protecting Tooting Market must be central to Mayor’s new Crossrail 2 plan
Published: Tuesday 25th July 17
Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to confirm that revised plans for Crossrail 2 will include a new underground stop in Tooting, rather than Balham, and to end the uncertainly hanging over both communities.
Cllr Jonathan Cook argues that a new station in Tooting Broadway would deliver more low cost housing, more jobs and would spur regeneration throughout the town centre.
With details of a revised Crossrail 2 scheme now being developed, Cllr Cook has called for early assurances from the Mayor that the future of Tooting Market will be protected from the construction process.
It is feared that a large part of the market could be compulsory purchased to form a tunnelling worksite, spelling the end of trade on this long established community hub.
Deputy Council leader Jonathan Cook said:
“This council has long campaigned for Tooting to secure a Crossrail 2 station and we want the Mayor to end the uncertainly and confirm this vital new connection is coming. Local residents and businesses have been stuck in limbo for too long. A new underground link in Tooting would be a magnet for new investment in the town centre and unlock the area’s clear potential for new low cost housing and jobs.
“This Tube line can be delivered without devastating Tooting Market and we want to ensure that all town centre businesses and residents will be listened to and protected. It is vital that the existing community is supported through this process so they can take full advantage of the regeneration to come.”
The council has long argued that Crossrail 2 would play a major role in attracting new investment to Tooting and give a huge boost to the wider area’s regeneration.
The new underground link would also improve access to St George’s Hospital and ease overcrowding on the Northern Line.