Crossrail 2 Route Proposed By Business Leaders

A plan to link south west and north east London through a second Crossrail tunnel was unveiled this morning by business group London First, with former transport secretary (and potential mayoral candidate) seated squarely in the driver’s cab.

Crossrail 2 isn’t a new concept: a “Chelney” line, between Chelsea and Hackney, has been under discussion since the 1970s 1930s (thanks to commenter Chris5156 for that correction), and the route has been safeguarded since 1989. The proposal released this morning calls for a route linking parts of Surrey, including Chessington and Shepperton, with hubs in north east London including Seven Sisters and Dalston Junction, via central London stations including Victoria, King’s Cross and Angel.

In central zones the route would mimic the Victoria line’s path, alleviating what is one of London’s less commodious Tube lines (it currently runs the “most intensive” service in the country, according to Transport for London). Commuters shouldn’t get their hopes up yet, though: construction on Crossrail 2 isn’t being considered until the early 2020s, with the service opening in 2030. And there’s the issue of the estimated £12 billion price tag.

Still, as the BBC’s Tom Edwards notes, the support from business is significant, and could mean that they are willing to pay some of the costs; a situation we’ve also seen in the Northern Line extension, which is being part-funded by the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. Whether the political will to hand over another few billion pounds to TfL exists is another matter.

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  • Toffer99

    How much better value this would be than H2S. And it wouldn’t have to circle round the posh bits in anybody’s constituency.

    • SP

      They offer totally different things. I don’t see why we should have one or the other when they both offer big benefits and for decades UK spending as a % of GDP has been minimal. Much less than most developed nations. The govt of course like the north and south squabbling, and town and country arguing as it diverts from the limited resources allocated. It has either/or for too long in the UK.

    • Alex Annan

      One the main reasons this is being is proposed is to disperse the extra passengers at Euston when HS2 opens…

  • Chris5156

    History pedant: Chelney was on London Transport’s drawing board in the 1930s and was supposed to be the third postwar tube line – after Victoria and the hugely delayed Jubilee.

    • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

      Thank you, I’ve amended the post.

  • http://twitter.com/jonnelledge Jonn Elledge

    I like the way someone, somewhere, has decided the King’s Cross/St Pancras station isn’t complex enough and has thought “Sod it, we’ll just throw Euston in as well”.

    • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

      Same thing is happening with Crossrail 1 (Oxford Street / Bond Street, Barbican / Farringdon and Moorgate / Liverpool Street). Those trains are bloody long.

  • Captain Shamrovk

    Just fyi, Chessington is not in Surrey, it’s in Kingston borough, part of Greater London since 1965. Although from a transport pov, you mightn’t have guessed, TfL not having provided a single metre of tube, rail or tramway in the borough in all that time.

    • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

      I think it’s fair to say both are accurate: Chessington’s in Kingston borough, but every address in the town includes the word ‘Surrey’.

  • ClearBell

    So this pretty much shows where most “business leaders” currently live doesn’t it?