Results published by Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail show that 95% of almost 14,000 respondents to a consultation on Crossrail 2 support the scheme.
Crossrail 2, which would link south-west and north-east London, is vital to support the 10M population of London predicted by 2031, according to TfL managing director of planning Michele Dix.
“The positive response we have received from the public and stakeholders for Crossrail 2 is really encouraging - it could be operational in 2030 but it is essential that work continues now to meet this target,” she added.
Strongest support was for the “region al option” with 84% of respondents opting for this version of the development which could benefit people in London Hertfordshire, Surrey and beyond by enabling more trains to run on busy national rail routes.
This route could be a combined underground and overground railway and could operate from Alexandra Palace and stations in Hertfordshire to various locations in south west London and Surrey. TfL has said that it would act as a further stimulus to development, particularly around the Upper Lea Valley, supporting more jobs and homes. It could also enable improved services to Stansted.
The “metro option” of a high frequency underground service across central London was strongly supported or supported by 73% of respondents.
This option could be an underground railway and could operate between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace.
TfL and Network Rail will now review the findings of the consultation with a view to making recommendations on the way forward to the mayor of London in spring 2014.