Councillor shares residents’ concerns over Crossrail 2 impact on common

Published: 29 January 2015

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.