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11/06/2014

Crossrail 2 plans change after consultation

Words: Sam Waddicor

The proposed route for Crossrail 2 has been changed following a public consultation.

Among the changes is an extension of the line in North London with trains terminating at New Southgate rather than Alexandra Palace. The new plans could also see the station in Chelsea moved from the King's Road to an alternative location.

The first public consultation elicited a large response, with almost 14,000 people responding. More than 96 per cent of the respondents supported Crossrail 2 with 80 per cent of them saying they were behind the regional option that would see extensions out to Surrey in the South and a new line from Angel through Hackney to Cheshunt in the North.

Feedback about the station in Chelsea has also been largely positive for both the King's Road and Chelsea West options. However, some have called for the station to be removed altogether and the area to be served by the station at Victoria. This would not improve the connectivity of the area, but could save the project up to £1 billion.

The second public consultation has just started, beginning on 9 June, and will run for six weeks until 25 July 2014.

The London mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “If London and its economy are to keep moving then it’s essential that we crack on and get Crossrail 2 delivered. It’s a vital project - not just for the capital, but also for the regions from which hordes of commuters struggle into work on packed carriages each day.”

TfL and Network Rail estimate that the earliest an application could be submitted would be by the end of 2017 and this would be subject to the necessary funding for Crossrail 2 being secured.

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