London mayor Boris Johnson has revealed the preferred route for a proposed £20bn Crossrail 2 scheme, a rail line connecting south-west and north-east London, UK.
The new line will run from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to Epsom, Surrey, via central London with connections at Tottenham Court Road, Victoria, Chelsea and Clapham Junction.
The new scheme has been developed to improve the rail capacity in the south-west, which will offer new connections across the capital and support economic growth in various ways.
It aims to reduce overcrowding on the London Tube and national rail networks and cut the travel time across London.
Johnson said: "With London’s population soon to surpass its previous 1939 peak of 8.6 million, and with more people travelling by Tube and rail than ever before, we need additional rail capacity to support future growth.
"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."
Following the government approval, construction on the line is expected to start in 2017 and it will be able to carry up to 90,000 people into central London during morning peak hours by 2030.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is currently carrying out a funding and finance feasibility study for the project with the support of Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT).
This project will complement the £14.8bn east-west Crossrail scheme, which is currently under construction and expected to be operational by 2018.
Image: The new line will cut the journey time between Kingston and Tottenham Court up to 17min. Photo: courtesy of Greater London Authority.