Transport for London has launched a second consultation for a ‘regional option’ of its proposed Crossrail 2 mega scheme.
A new station in Chelsea, stops at Hackney or Dalston Junction and an extension from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate are all now possible scenarios for the ambitious scheme (see box), the core of which is a tunnel from Wimbledon in the south-west to Tottenham in the north-east.
The new announcement follows last summer’s consultation, in which TfL asked for feedback on two options: a metro route and the regional route, the latter of which has now been adopted following overwhelming support (96 per cent) from around 14,000 respondents.
As part of that consultation, various options to link to existing Network Rail stations in the Home Counties and to Cheshunt and Alexandra Palace in the north were also mapped out.
London mayor Boris Johnson said the newly revised plans mean Crossrail 2 could be up and running by 2029, up to four years ahead of schedule.
The consultation will run for six weeks until 25 July. More information can be found at www.crossrail2.co.uk.
Alexandra Palace to New Southgate
A new link between New Southgate and Alexandra Palace in north London would cut journey time to central London by up to nine minutes.
Supporters of the ammended route say the cost would be minimal as the land needed is already owned by Network Rail.
If given the green light, Alexandra Palace would become an underground station rather than an overground one as proposed in the 2013 consultation.
Dalston Junction and Hackney options
In the 2013 consultation, TfL proposed that Crossrail 2 would separate into two branches east of London’s Angel Station; with one branch serving Dalston Junction and the other Hackney Central.
Under the revised proposal, either Dalston or Hackney would be served by Crossrail 2 – a decision that TfL said would save around £1bn in construction costs.
TfL also claims that the selected “corridor…would be served by a higher frequency Crossrail 2 service, as it would no longer be split north of Angel”.
A new station for Chelsea
In the 2013 consultation, TfL proposed a new station on King’s Road near the existing fire station.
The new option considers a station further west along King’s Road, closer to Lots Road and Imperial Wharf – areas which are currently under development.