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The UK’s Transport for London (TfL) has begun a public consultation for the revised route of Crossrail 2, a £27bn rail line being proposed to connect south-west and north-east London.

The third public consultation on the project has been launched after making changes to the proposed route with options for stations at Balham and Wood Green.

The Crossrail 2 project is expected to secure government approval next year and construction would start in 2020. The line is expected to become operational in 2030.

The public consultation, which closes on 8 January 2016, will seek views on proposed station locations, construction sites and timetable changes to existing National Rail services.

"Crossrail 2 is a major infrastructure project and so it’s vital that we get it right from the start."

Crossrail 2 will serve central London through an underground tunnelled section between Wimbledon, Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, connecting with existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire.

The new railway will allow for more trains to ply from destinations across south-west London and Surrey and across north-east London and Hertfordshire, increasing the passenger capacity by 270,000 to central London during the morning rush-hour.

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Mayor 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 will also provide a major boost for jobs, new homes and economic growth here in the capital and far beyond. Crossrail 2 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."

The project is expected to create 200,000 new jobs, with 60,000 full-time jobs also being supported through its the construction and operation.

According to KPMG’s estimate, Crossrail 2 is expected to make a significant contribution, worth up to £102bn, to the UK’s economy by increasing productivity.

TfL managing director of Crossrail 2 Michele Dix said: "Crossrail 2 will provide a UK-wide economic boost supporting hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs. It is also vital to meet the demands of London’s rapidly growing population.

"This consultation gives people the chance to comment on where we are proposing to put station entrances, work sites and ventilation shafts needed to run Crossrail 2.

"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."

Image: TfL starts third public consultation for the proposed £27bn Crossrail 2 project. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.