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Business lobby group calls for Crossrail 2

A second Crossrail scheme is needed in London from the south west to the north east, serving Clapham Junction, Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross St Pancras, Islington, Hackney and Seven Sisters, and detailed planning of a suitable scheme needs to start now.

That’s according to business lobby group London First, which has been analysing the business case for such as scheme over the last six months.

The study, led by former transport secretary Lord Adonis, has considered work previously carried out by Transport for London on a route for Crossrail 2 between Chelsea and Hackney, and examined demand and congestion forecasts post 2020 and the impact of new national projects, including High Speed 2.

It concludes that by the late 2020s, even after the completion of Crossrail, Thameslink and the current Tube upgrades, central, south-west and north-east London’s rail and underground networks will be heavily congested, and there will be a critical need for new capacity. This will be best provided by a second Crossrail line connecting these parts of London, it says.

Adonis added that the long gestation period of major projects means that planning for the next generation of transport improvements post-2020 must begin now.

“Forecasts show that demand for London’s transport systems will continue to grow over the next 20 years – and  High Speed 2 will add to the pressures. There is no doubt that a second Crossrail scheme would help, but infrastructure schemes have a lengthy planning cycle, which means we need to start planning for the next generation of improvements now,” said Adonis. “We must not repeat the mistake of Crossrail and spend 40 years planning and generating support for a scheme needed within 20 years.”

London First will now look in more detail on route options – where the exact route should run, and whether it should be a Tube style metro, or a Crossrail 1 style metro - and make recommendations later this year.

Readers' comments (2)


    Surprise, surprise!

    "London First" wants more taxpayers money spent on London, at the expense of much needed infrastructure in the rest of the country?

    Why doesn't London First call for all the jobs which are not necessary to be in London - especially Government ones - to be disbursed around the country, with financial incentives, and therefore reduce the need for additional peak time only infrastructure?

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  • I agree with London First that Euston Underground station won’t be able to accommodate the passengers from HS2 Phase 2 without Crossrail 2.

    However, London First’s ideas are different from Network Rail’s equivalent ideas and both arguments have merit, but risk thwarting the other proposal. What I reckon is needed is for the various parties to produce a phased programme consistent with both sets of ideas.

    I favour a potential 30 year programme which starts with seed corn finance from the Government – followed by phases financed by TfL and Network Rail. The seed corn project I propose (Project A) would be the cheapest of all the phases even if four platforms are built at Tottenham Court Road to accomodate the other phases which could include Network First's ideas.

    My seed corn project would provide Crossrail 2a to Milton Keynes and beyond (limited stop service using existing rolling stock). Plus Crossrail 3a to Watford (taking over the Euston DC stopping service again using existing rolling stock). From a 2 level - 4 Platform station at Tottenham Court Road, with an extra exit to Cambridge Circus & ideally a passage providing a link to the Piccadilly line and an emergency exit from Covent Garden.

    Ideally some services would also serve a 2 Platform
    station at Victoria (if the optimum tunnelling site is at Battersea Park with its river access for spoil removal).

    Stuart Porter MICE (retired transport planner)

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