London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed the preferred route for Crossrail 2 – a project he believes is “vital” if London is to cope with its growing population.
Following a public consultation, the ‘regional route’, which would be made up of a combined underground and overground railway from Alexandra Palace and stations in Hertfordshire to south west London and Surrey, is being put forward as the proposed alignment.
The capital’s population is expected to rise to 10 million by 2030 and 11.3 million by 2050. On top of that, the opening of HS2 will create an additional strain on the capital’s existing urban rail network.
A public consultation identified support for an extension of the proposed route from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate, as well as a station at Kings Road, Chelsea and a Hackney station at either Hackney Central or Dalston Junction.
Boris Johnson said: “Crossrail 2 is a vital project not just for the capital, but also for the regions from which people travel in to London on packed trains each day of the week. With London’s population soon to surpass its previous 1939 peak of 8.6m, and with more people travelling by Tube and rail than ever before, we need additional rail capacity to support future growth.
“For the capital to remain globally competitive there needs to be continued investment in our transport network and that’s why we have to get cracking on planning for Crossrail 2. It’s an essential infrastructure project that will deliver thousands of new homes and jobs, as well as helping to keep our great city moving.”
Consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are expected to publish a report into funding options for the project ahead of the Autumn Statement.
The project team has said it will look to protect the proposed route in 2015 and is hoping to seek the powers to build the new railway in 2017.