The consultation on the proposed route for the heavily anticipated Crossrail 2 project, closed last month, attracting more than 19,000 responses.
London’s councils also got involved, sending responses of varying length and detail, almost always expressing support for the Surrey-to-Hertfordshire line in principle – before suggesting ways it could be changed.
One of the highest profile disputes has been about whether the line should stop at Tooting Broadway as originally planned, or at Balham, as now proposed by Transport for London (TfL).
Wandsworth Council said in its response: “The council supports a station at Tooting Broadway not only because of the transport benefits it would bring to the area, but also for the economic development and regeneration benefits.”
The south London borough urged TfL to undertake a full cost-benefit assessment of the two options, comparing the cost of each as well as the operational, economic, environmental and social impacts.
North of the river there have been campaigns against plans for a Crossrail 2 station on Chelsea’s famous King’s Road.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea made clear in its response to the consultation that it continued to support a station on the King’s Road.
“A station at Sydney Street [on the King’s Road] would improve journey options for residents, make it easier for employers to attract customers and workers, and ensure that, as the city grows, Chelsea would continue to play its part in London’s success,” it said.
“Having said that, it is clear that there are many Chelsea residents, and some businesses too, that have not been persuaded by the case for the station.”
Indeed, the neighbouring London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham called for consideration of a station at nearby Imperial Wharf, widely seen as a possible alternative to the King’s Road stop.
“Given Crossrail 2’s objective of maximising housing and employment growth, we believe that TfL should work with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to ascertain the maximum additional development… which could be achieved in the South Fulham Riverside area with the Imperial Wharf Crossrail 2 station,” said a spokesperson for the council.
He added that the further study should “ascertain the congestion relief benefits and possible savings in construction costs at Clapham Junction of a West London Line/Crossrail 2 station at Imperial Wharf; and refine the costings of the Imperial Wharf routing option for Crossrail 2”.
Meanwhile Camden Council used its consultation response to press home its opposition to the plans for a new station at “Euston St Pancras” in north London.
“Camden Council is opposed to the current plans, due to their impact on residents and businesses in Euston,” it said. “The proposals for the Euston end of Euston St Pancras station include two sites which together represent the loss of approximately 131 homes and 17 businesses.”
Many more local issues were raised by councils, including the London Borough of Hackney which expressed opposition to the use of Shoreditch Park for construction of an underground junction.
Kingston Council called for more information about the impact of some of the line’s proposed south west branches.
“There is concern that there will no longer be direct services to Waterloo (with commuters having to change at, for example, Raynes Park) and also concerns that the journey times from Chessington South to Waterloo will potentially increase,” said Kingston’s submission.
Crossrail 2 could be worth up to £102bn to the UK economy, according to research published last year.
TfL managing director for Crossrail 2 Michèle Dix said: “We have received over 19,000 responses to the consultation, many of them providing detailed answers which we are currently analysing. The initial results of the consultation will be published in the spring.”