The proposed Crossrail 2 project would add capacity and reduce rail journey times between south west and north east London
London is projected to grow by two million people by 2031. Along with Transport for London, we are making a significant investment in London’s transport infrastructure to accommodate this growth and avoid additional crowding on the network. The proposed Crossrail 2 would add much needed capacity to the rail network.
A number of options are being considered for Crossrail 2. These include a major new tunnel across London from Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace, with an option to connect to existing rail networks between south west and north east London. This would create routes from stations such as Kingston and Surbiton through central London to Tottenham Hale and beyond. Crossrail 2 would serve London Victoria station and the proposed new high-speed terminal at London Euston.
Beyond the South East, Crossrail 2 would bring more than 800 destinations around the country within one interchange of a Crossrail 2 station, including towns in the Midlands and the North, such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Crossrail 2 is at the proposal and consultation stage, which means that any stations and rail routes shown on proposed maps are just suggestions. You can find out more about the proposed project and benefits on the Crossrail 2 website.
Benefits to passengers
Crossrail 2 would make rail travel quicker and easier for passengers across London and the South West. This would be achieved with new capacity for up to 270,000 more people travelling into London in peak periods and by improving connections on London’s rail network to significantly reduce overcrowding on the Victoria, Northern and Piccadilly lines and on rail services into Waterloo and Liverpool Street.
New infrastructure would free up capacity on the rail network and allow towns and cities such as Cambridge, Southampton, Basingstoke, Woking, Guildford and Portsmouth to potentially benefit from more frequent services. Introducing larger, more frequent trains would also reduce journey times.
As part of the proposed Crossrail 2, new and improved stations would support economic regeneration in locations such as Wimbledon, Dalston and along the upper Lea Valley.
Crossrail 2 would also provide capacity and connectivity that supports plans for a new high-speed rail line (HS2)with links to Leeds and Manchester.
There have so far been three consultations on Crossrail 2 to understand people’s views and opinions on various aspects of the proposed project.
The 2015/16 consultation covered:
- station locations, entrances and exits for the tunnelled section of the route
- the location of ventilation shafts for the tunnelled section
- the construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
- proposed service patterns and changes to existing rail services.
The 2014 consultation covered:
- the location of a station in Chelsea
- an extension from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate
- the route alignment in Dalston and Hackney.
The 2013 consultation covered:
- the metro and regional route options, with nearly 14,000 responses received – more than 80 per cent of these supporting the regional option.
For more information
Crossrail 2 is in the early stages, so potential timescales for the works required have not yet been set out. If you have any questions about the Crossrail 2 project or the consultation process, you can email email@example.com or visit the Crossrail 2 website.