Route changes to Crossrail 2 amid fears of clashing developments

The UK Government has published updated plans today to protect the proposed route for Crossrail 2 from conflicting developments, following a 10-week public consultation.

Although part of the route for the proposed rail project has been safeguarded since 1991, Transport for London (TfL) changed the direction of the line after assessing the capital’s future transport needs.

Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “These updated plans to safeguard the route will ensure that land most vital for its construction is protected so that, if constructed, the line can go to areas that will give the maximum benefits and value for money.”

The route extends from Wimbledon in south-west London to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate in the north-east and it was modified for areas such as Wandsworth Common, Chelsea, Soho Square and Angel to put at rest public concerns after reviewing consultation responses.

Crossrail 2’s route now passes through the City of Westminster, the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Merton, Wandsworth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Michele Dix, TfL’s managing director for Crossrail 2, said: “The confirmed safeguarding marks a vital step forward in progressing Crossrail 2 which is significant in providing more rail capacity to support growth in London for the future, in particular up to 200,000 new homes.”

Crossrail 2 is a high-frequency, high-capacity railway line that would run between south-west and north-east London. The Department for Transport is working with TfL and Network Rail to deliver Crossrail 2 by 2030.

However, safeguarding does not necessarily mean no developments can take place; it ensures that when they do, the design can accommodate nationally important infrastructure.

Under the new Crossrail 2 safeguarding directions, relevant planning applications in these areas will be referred to TfL for advice.

Among the most significant changes to the previous safeguarded route are:
- a new tunnel entrance south of Tottenham Hale station to take the line from above to below ground
- a proposed extension to New Southgate
- a station connecting to both Euston and King’s Cross, instead of King’s Cross only
- an altered route running from Angel to Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters via Dalston Junction, instead of via Hackney Central to Epping
- an altered route running from Victoria to Angel via Tottenham Court Road instead of via Piccadilly Circus
- an altered route running from Wimbledon to Chelsea via Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway, instead of via Putney

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