Crossrail 2

London Assembly passes Crossrail 2 motion

The London Assembly has agreed a unanimous motion asking for the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.

The full text of the Motion is:

“This Assembly notes that on 6th March 2017 Transport for London submitted its Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 to the Department for Transport.    This Assembly notes the project has the backing of the independent National Infrastructure Commission, 83% of London businesses and councils across the South East.  This Assembly further notes that investing in infrastructure is one of the 10 pillars of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

This Assembly notes the importance of ensuring the project is approved quickly.  TfL modelling shows that the Capital’s transport network will grind to a halt without the project.   Furthermore, this Assembly notes that without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 Phase 2 could lose times saved on their journeys queuing to board onward Tube trains.

This Assembly further notes that Crossrail 2 has widespread regional benefits.   Some 40% of the transport benefits and 30% of the new housing will be delivered outside London.   This Assembly welcomes the work that has been done which shows that London can pay for 50% of the costs of the project.

This Assembly notes that no other infrastructure project tackles so many local and regional problems while boosting overall capacity on such a scale.  Crossrail 2 would increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent and support 200,000 additional new homes and 200,000 new jobs.  This Assembly believes Crossrail 2 would contribute to bringing forward the new homes this city needs.

This Assembly highlights the cross-party support for the project across the South East and believes the approval of Crossrail 2 will be a strong statement of confidence in London’s economy as we negotiate a new relationship with the European Union.   This Assembly therefore asks the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 without delay.”

Mayor warns of overcrowding without Crossrail 2

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today warn that the capital’s transport network will grind to a halt under the strain of overcrowding unless the Government backs plans for Crossrail 2.

His warning came as he revealed TfL modelling  shows that, without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 phase 2 could lose time saved on their journeys as they will have to queue to board onward trains.

Without the new south west – north east connection Crossrail 2 provides into London’s transport network, the mayor will warn that Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations risk rush hour meltdown.

Improvements to the Tube network and the opening of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail 1) will provide extra capacity in the coming years, but they will not be enough to cope with the anticipated demand.

Sadiq will highlight the problem during a speech at the London Transport Museum’s annual fundraising dinner tonight in which he will warn that, without Crossrail 2, London will face daily closures at key stations and see time savings from the Government’s flagship HS2 line lost as a result of onward delays at Euston.

He will say that only by investing in Crossrail 2 will the transport network be able to cope, with the major project also playing a crucial role in unlocking the capital’s economic growth and delivering new affordable homes across London and the South East.

However, Crossrail 2 would increase the capital’s rail capacity by 10pc – bringing in an additional 270,000 people into central London each morning peak – cutting journey times, improving connections and accessibility. It would serve stations throughout the South East, linking south west and north east London, as well as Surrey and Hertfordshire, bringing more than 800 stations on the national rail network within just one interchange.

It would also support the regeneration and development of up to 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs in London’s economy, as well as creating 18,000 jobs during construction and supporting a further 60,000 jobs nationwide through its supply chain – boosting the UK economy by tens of billions of pounds.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Crossrail 2 is crucial. It’s crucial to meeting our ambitious targets for new affordable homes. It’s crucial to unlocking future economic growth in the aftermath of the EU referendum. It’s crucial to ensure that Euston station keeps running smoothly when HS2 opens, and it’s crucial if we are to prevent Waterloo, Victoria and many other stations from rush hour meltdown.

“Half the cost of the project can be met through funding from London, but we need the Government to meet the other half if we are to avoid this unbearable strain on our transport network. Crossrail 2 is the answer to help the entire country, because when London succeeds, Britain succeeds.”

TfL is preparing to submit a robust updated business case and funding plan to the Transport Secretary‎, who is due to make a decision on further Government support in the Spring. Construction could start in the early 2020s and the railway could be operational by 2033

Crossrail 2 developed further in response to consultation

Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have published their initial response to a range of the issues raised during the recent public consultation on Crossrail 2. More work is required to develop some of the more technical challenges and the route, with proposals due to be released later this year.

Source: Transport for London

Councils call for Crossrail 2 to head east

Government is being urged to commit to an Eastern Phase for Crossrail 2 to unlock the full potential for growth in East London and South Essex.

The call follows findings from a new study which uses the latest projections on population, housing and jobs, as well as research into the benefits of Crossrail 2 services heading east through Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Thurrock and South Essex.

It finds the huge potential for development in this region, earmarked as one of the UK’s largest strategic locations for growth, could be undermined by leaving it to be served by existing transport infrastructure.

The study, commissioned by Barking and Dagenham, Essex, Hackney and Newham councils, recommends that the Crossrail 2 track split after Angel Station. One branch would head north as planned, while another would go east to Hackney Central, before heading to Hackney Wick and out through Newham and Barking and Dagenham. This new line would then link to the existing Essex Thameside network, with Crossrail 2 services terminating at Basildon and Grays.

Lord Adonis recently announced a new report from the National Infrastructure Commission about how Crossrail 2 should progress. It recommends it focus initially on a single line heading north from Angel, via Dalston Junction and Tottenham Hale, to Hertfordshire. However, it also recommends that the possibility of an Eastern Phase be fully explored. Chancellor George Osborne subsequently backed the Crossrail 2 project in his Budget last week.

The mayors and leaders of the four councils which commissioned the study are now urging Government to commit to making this Eastern Phase integral to the future development of Crossrail 2.

Benefits of the Eastern Phase proposals include:

  • A £20.5 billion boost to the economy.
  • Support the expected population growth of 512,000 people.
  • Support the 265,000 new jobs and 233,000 new homes earmarked for the region.
  • Reduced journey times from South Essex and East London to Central London – many by more than 50%, some by almost 30 minutes.
  • Trains every four minutes between Barking and Hackney, and every eight minutes from Basildon and Grays.
  • Additional capacity for 67,000 commuters during the morning peak.
  • Relieved overcrowding on Essex Thameside Route, the District Line, the Hammersmith & City Line, and London Overground.

Source: Hackney Council