Consultation on multibillion pound plan for Crossrail 2 launched

Boris Johnson will visit Wimbledon to launch a multi-billion pound plan to bring Crossrail 2 to south-west London.

The second phase of the Crossrail project would see Wimbledon connected to Seven Sisters, in north-east London, via Tooting, Clapham Junction, and a number of central London stops.

From Wimbledon, the train would travel through an underground tunnel to Tooting Broadway, Clapham Junction, Chelsea, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, Angel, Dalston Junction, Seven Sisters and Epping.

It could also extend to Hampton Court, Twickenham, Epsom and Chessington South.

The scheme is expected to cost at least £15bn and if given the go ahead, would not be completed until 2018.

The Crossrail 2 network is expected to boost rail capacity by 10 per cent with higher frequency trains and cut journey times across the capital.

Crossrail 1, which costs a total of £14.8bn, will pass through 37 stations across 73 miles from Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

London’s Mayor will lead a short walk around Wimbledon High Street this morning as the consultation on Crossrail 2 is officially launched.

Mr Johnson has endorsed the plans and said in February: “The case for the construction of Crossrail 2 is incontestable and is made forcibly in this report.

“Over the next 20 years London’s population is forecast to expand to levels that will clog the Tube and rail arteries of our great city if we do not provide more capacity.

“There is no time to lose and my team will work closely with London First and others on developing plans for this vital railway.”


Source : surreycomet

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