A public consultation on Crossrail 2, which would ease congestion for London commuters, has been launched.
The project would serve the centre of the capital through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon and Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire.
Despite the ongoing Crossrail project and upgrades to the tube network, it is predicted further infrastructure upgrades are necessary with the population of London anticipated to rise to 10 million by 2030 from 8.6 million today.
Under the current proposals, Crossrail 2 services will become operational by 2030 and will support 200,000 new jobs in engineering, construction and manufacturing through its supply chain.
The consultancy KPMG has estimated that the project could contribute up to £102bn to the UK's economy by boosting productivity.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Crossrail 2 will be a vital new transport link that will significantly improve capacity on the rail network into and out of London
“[It] is a major infrastructure project and so it's vital that we get it right from the start. This consultation is key to helping us to fine tune the proposals and to ensure that everyone with a view on Crossrail 2 can have their say and is listened to.”
Two consultations have already been conducted which demonstrated broad public support for the proposals.
This consultation now seeks views on:
- station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
- locations of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
- construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
- changes to existing National Rail services
Michele Dix, TfL’s managing director of the project, said: “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.”
The public consultation runs until Friday 8 January 2016 with further consultations to follow as the scheme develops.
The recruiter Randstad CPE recently warned that the existing Crossrail project was creating a skills vacuum due to the large numbers of experienced workers that were relocating to London from other parts of the country.