Crossrail 2, formerly known as the Chelsea-Hackney Line, would create a new high frequency, high capacity rail line with shorter journey times between southwest and northeast London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Crossrail is set to revolutionise travel in the capital, and with a predicted 10 million people expected to be living in London by 2031, pressing ahead with the next stage of the plan, Crossrail 2, is quite simply essential.”
The consultation will seek the views of people in London and the southeast of England and will run until 2 August 2013.
A route for Crossrail 2 has been protected from development since 1991. TfL is now reviewing this safeguarded route and has proposed two alternatives that would better meet the rail needs of the capital in the future - a Metro option and a Regional option.
The Metro option, shown above, could offer a high frequency underground service across central London. This option could be an underground railway and could operate between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace. The route would relieve congestion on trains and platforms on the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
The Regional option, shown below, could benefit commuters in 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 southwest London and Surrey.
Network Rail chief executive David Higgins said: “London’s railways are already the busiest and most congested in the country, with many main lines already operating at, or close to, capacity. With the number of rail passengers in London predicted to grow by 30 per cent in the next 20 years, our plans to increase capacity through projects like Thameslink and Crossrail will make a real difference. But we must also press on with schemes such as Crossrail 2 to make sure public transport continues to support and drive economic growth in and around the capital.”
Lord Adonis, Chairman of the Crossrail 2 Task Force for London First, said: “Even with the significant investment already taking place in transport infrastructure, Crossrail 2 will be as essential as Crossrail for London to provide jobs and prosperity in the next generation. I am glad to see the Mayor taking forward preparations for Crossrail 2. Now we need a credible funding plan embracing the public and private sectors, with a view to construction in the 2020s.”
A report on the findings of this consultation will be presented to the Mayor of London in autumn this year.
See a fly-through of the route below.