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March 24, 2015

UK Government updates plans to safeguard proposed route for Crossrail 2

The UK Government has published updated plans to protect the proposed route for Crossrail 2 from conflicting developments, marking a major step forward for the country's £20bn rail project.

By Samseer M

Crossrail 2

The UK Government has published updated plans to protect the proposed route for Crossrail 2 from conflicting developments, marking a major step forward for the country’s £20bn rail project.

The proposed high-frequency, high-capacity rail line will run between south-west and north-east London and is expected to carry up to 90,000 people into central London during morning peak hours by 2030.

UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "These updated plans to safeguard the route will ensure that land most vital for its construction is protected so that, if constructed, the line can go to areas that will give the maximum benefits and value for money."

In October last year, London mayor Boris Johnson revealed the preferred route for the Crossrail 2 scheme, running from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to Epsom, Surrey.

"These updated plans to safeguard the route will ensure that land most vital for its construction is protected."

The latest updated safeguarded route extends from Wimbledon in the south-west to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate in the north-east.

It will also replace the previous directions and will make sure that the new development does not affect the ability to build and operate Crossrail 2 in the future.

The updated route now passes through the City of Westminster, Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton and Wandsworth.

The UK Department for Transport is currently working with Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail on a business case, after chancellor George Osborne announced £2m in funding to support this work. Construction on the line is expected to start in 2017.

The latest development follows a ten-week public consultation.


Image: These updated plans to safeguard the route will ensure that land most vital for Crossrail 2 construction is protected. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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