Further business and funding plans are requested
The latest Crossrail 2 consultation, originally scheduled for this month, has been postponed until next year.
TfL has confirmed that updated business and funding plans need to be in place before the next consultation is triggered. These were originally due to be released this autumn.
Stephen Hammond, MP for neighbouring Wimbledon, said Prime Minister Theresa May requires an up to date business case and a robust funding plan before further public consultation.
Michele Dix, MD of Crossrail 2, last week confirmed the Government's position but reiterated the PM's continuing support for the project.
The most recent Crossrail 2 consultation took place between October 2015 and January 2016. Nearly 21,000 individual responses were received and reported on earlier this year. Local opposition to the siting of a ventilation shaft on Wandsworth Common was recognised, while a station at Tooting Broadway, rather than Balham, received a majority vote. The suggestion that a station should be built at Earsfield, conecting the Northern Line via a loop, was rejected. An additional station entrance at Clapham Junction is still proposed. You can read the full report here
The £12 billion Crossrail 2 development would serve central London through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire.
The new railway would provide capacity for 270,000 more people to access central London during the morning peak, with an increase in the number of trains from destinations across south west London and Surrey.
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November 9, 2016