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Tory lobbyist writes to TfL over Crossrail 2 station

Crossrail 3.2

A Conservative Party spokesman has written to London transport chief Michele Dix urging her to reconsider scrapped plans for a Crossrail 2 station at Tooting Broadway.

Dan Watkins – who missed out on becoming MP last year – sent a letter to the managing director of Crossrail 2 after surveying local residents.

Watkins ran a poll online and found that 83% of 3,000 respondents were in favour of a station at Tooting Broadway.

In October 2015, Transport for London revealed plans to route the £32bn line via Balham instead – believing a station could be built there two years quicker at half the cost.

Watkins said a small minority of Balham residents preferred to see the station built in Balham, but those in Tooting, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common favoured Tooting Broadway.

“Residents are very concerned that no detailed work has been done on identifying the regeneration benefits for Tooting Broadway and Balham, particularly as it seems likely, and indeed TfL has already recognised, that Tooting has the potential for much more regeneration, housing and economic benefit to be unlocked as compared with Balham,” said Watkins.

“These detailed studies must be commissioned in the next stage of the Crossrail 2 project.”

Dix said analysis was ongoing of more than 19,000 responses received to the consultation over Crossrail 2 that concluded on 8 January. 

”It is therefore too early to draw conclusions on this important feedback,” she said. ”We are aware of the survey regarding the Balham and Tooting Crossrail 2 station options and will acknowledge it in our consultation report. The initial results of the consultation will be published in spring.”

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