What is Crossrail 2?
Crossrail 2 (previously known as the Chelsea-Hackney line) is a proposed new rail line that would connect the north east of London with the South West. It is being promoted by Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail as a key long-term project to address transport capacity issues. The scheme would include new Crossrail 2 stations at Euston-St Pancras and at Tottenham Court Road.
TfL’s public consultation on the proposals closed on Friday 8 January 2016. TfL have now published their initial response to many of the issues raised during the consultation. This is available to view on their website at www.crossrail2.co.uk .
Further information about the scheme can also be found on the dedicated website
Camden Council’s position on Crossrail 2
Camden Council supports Crossrail 2 in principle because of the transport benefits
that if offers to Camden residents, businesses and institutions and to London as a
whole. Through increasing capacity and connectivity, Crossrail 2 would support the
conditions for continued economic growth, bringing vital jobs and business activity
to the borough. By reducing congestion on current transport routes the scheme could
mean faster and less crowded train and bus journeys for Camden’s residents and visitors,
and better access to employment opportunities.
However, the Council is deeply concerned by TfL’s current plans for the Crossrail 2 station at Euston that show around 130 homes and 17 businesses may be directly affected by its construction. These proposals have come about as a result of uncertainty over the redevelopment of the current Network Rail station at Euston.
Since TfL published the current plans the Council has gained assurances from government that include a commitment to the integration of Crossrail 2 into the governance of plans for redeveloping Euston Station. This is a result of the Council’s hard fought campaign opposing the HS2 Bill currently before Parliament. We are optimistic that this will provide the opportunity for TfL to revise their proposals to significantly reduce the impact on residents and businesses in the Euston area. However, without a commitment from government to funding the redevelopment of the classic Network Rail station or for the acceleration of the scheme design to a programme aligned with the Crossrail 2 station design process, the benefits of integration cannot be realised.
Find out more in our consultation response, submission to the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission call for evidence and letters exchanged between Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning to Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2.
Safeguarding Direction – March 2015
The Safeguarding Directions for Crossrail 2 have now been updated following a Department
for Transport consultation. Please visit the Transport for London website for further
information about what the Safeguarding Directions mean and maps showing the areas
Cllr Jones additional letter to DfT – Crossrail 2 safeguarding consultation January 2015