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Crossrail 2 Update – Briefing 30th October (RCEA Event)

crossrailThis is a quick blog to give an update on Crossrail 2 following a briefing given by Stephen Pauling of Transport for London (TfL) last night. The briefing was organised by The Railway Civil Engineers Association (RCEA) and hosted at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) headquarters in London.

The purpose of the talk was to update the audience on the progress of the development of the project and in particular the outcome of the second public consultation completed earlier this year.

But first some key facts:

  • Serves South West London via the West End
  • Cost about £20 billion
  • 50% bigger than Crossrail 1
  • Very high capacity 45,000 people per hour in each direction
  • Target construction start date 2020
  • Open around 2029
  • Being developed by TfL and Network Rail in partnership.

The key drivers for the scheme are maintaining London’s competitiveness and increasing capacity to allow for the expected population growth.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Growth in capacity along the route
  2. Alleviate overcrowding, particularly on Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern Lines
  3. Alleviate over-crowding on some Network rail routes
  4. Improve connectivity and improve accessibility to the Central area Zone (CAZ)
  5. Stimulate the construction of 200,000 new homes
  6. Be value for money must have a 2:1 business case(agglomeration high impact)
  7. Have an impact on carbon in the capital

Stephen also outlined a brief history of the project. The Chelsea-Hackney line was first conceived in 1974. The current timeline sees the submission of a hybrid bill in 2017, construction start in 2020 and opening of the complete line by 2029.

A total of over 100 options have been considered which were narrowed down to a short list of two. The first option was a metro system (fully automatic) only just operating in the CAZ. The second option was a regional option offering longer trains and much longer route onto the NR network. An additional benefit of the regional option is that it relieves NR and serves Stansted.

First consultation in 2013 attracted 14,000 responses with 97% in favour of the outline proposals. The 2014 consultation sought to explore the detail of the two proposed options. The 2014 consultation attracted 5000 responses with 80% positive. 90% support the extension to New Southgate, options to Hackney or Dalston received similar support but the option to serve both received the most support. In Chelsea the old fire station site gained the most support as the location of the proposed new station.

TfL has appointed PWC a £2m contract to determine who benefits, how we can capture the benefits, understand the lessons learned about funding from other projects. Currently Crossrail 2 is unfunded and so will require some innovation to secure financing.

Next step is to safeguard the proposed route.

During the question and answer session an interesting question was asked about a possible link into the Northern Line Extension west of Battersea. This is being actively looked at.

This blog has been drafted quickly so that our readers get a fast update. If you want to see the twitter stream search for this hashtag #crossrail2 – you will see the slides as they were presented. I understand that the slides will be made public by the RCEA on Monday.


Tim Fitch

Tim Fitch has extensive civil engineering leadership experience, gained particularly in the geotechnical and rail sectors, where he has helped niche businesses become market leaders, and quadrupled turnover in Taylor Woodrow’s rail division.

With a strong background in business development, Tim spearheaded growth at Vinci’s civil engineering division, deploying customer relationship and pipeline management techniques to grow the company’s work in the transport and energy sectors.

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