The railway will serve central London through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire.
In the latest route map unveiled this week(see below), Crossrail 2 has proposed the southwest section run through Balham, rather than Tooting Broadway, on the link from Clapham Junction to Wimbledon. On the northeast section, another changes would see the railway stop at Wood Green instead of Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lake on the connection between Seven Sisters and New Southgate.
Transport for London and Network Rail have already carried out two consultations on Crossrail 2, and the new consultation seeks views on:
- Station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
- Ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
- Construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
- Service patterns and changes to existing National Rail services
Michele Dix, TfL's managing director of Crossrail 2, said: “This consultation gives people the chance to comment on where we are proposing to put station entrances, work sites and ventilation shafts needed to run Crossrail 2. As development of this vital railway continues, we will be taking on board feedback from the consultation to progress the designs for the project, so that we can open the railway by 2030.”
TfL said independent analysis shows that local funding sources can meet over half of the cost of Crossrail 2. These sources include fares revenue, the Business Rate Supplement (BRS) and Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) currently being used to fund Crossrail, and a continuation of the existing Council Tax precept.
It has been estimated by KPMG that Crossrail 2 could make a significant contribution, worth up to £102bn, to the UK's economy by boosting productivity.
The new railway would provide capacity for 270,000 more people to access central London during the morning peak, with an increase in the number of trains from major destinations across south west London and Surrey including Wimbledon, New Malden, Kingston and Epsom and across north east London and Hertfordshire including Tottenham Hale, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt and Broxbourne.
The public consultation runs until Friday 8 January 2016. There will be further consultations on Crossrail 2 as the scheme develops.