Crossrail 2: The Where, When and How

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent 

The third public consultation for Crossrail 2 is under way with drop-in sessions on how the route will impact Londoners being held across the city.

But what will the proposed line look like, when will it be completed and how do TfL envisage doing it?


The proposed route looks to benefit cities across the South East and stations in Surrey and Hertfordshire by providing more direct routes in to central London from connecting stations such as Wimbledon, Clapham Junction and Tottenham Hale.

Crossrail 2


The new route connects Wimbledon and connecting stations to Clapham Junction, Chelsea and Victoria in the South to central station such as Tottenham Court Road and Angel, Seven Sisters and Alexandra Palace in the north.

Crossrail 2 Map


The third public consultation is now under way and will close on Friday 8 January 2016. If the plans go ahead then construction should start in 2020 and finish towards the end of that decade with the first trains running from 2030.


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The cost of the scheme has been estimated at £27-32 billion, in 2014 prices and including the cost of new trains and Network Rail works. That’s well over the £14.8 billion paid for Crossrail which dwarfs previous infrastructure costs .

But plans are still in the early days. Even London Mayor Boris Johnson isn’t clued up on the proposals. He recently discovered the proposed route will go 20 metres under his Islington town house after reading an automated letter he sent out himself.  Speaking at the Norwood Annual Dinner for Jewish Charities, the Uxbridge MP said: “I got a letter through my door the other day, as usual from myself. This one asked me to enter the consultation about Crossrail 2, and I made enquiries about this, and got TfL to produce the map.

“It doesn’t just go through my backyard, it goes absolutely under my house. They said it was 30 metres under, but it’s only 20 metres, so I’m getting very apprehensive. In fact, I haven’t even dared tell my wife about this wonderful thing I’m doing for our property.”

3 Responses

  1. Pete L.

    The route proposed in N.London must be open to comment and alteration.
    Is Crossrail 2 just for long distance commuters from deepest Hertfordshire (and Surrey) ?
    Areas with no/ poor rail links should be included, e.g. Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Friern Barnet,
    N.Finchley. The proposed places such as Wood Green/Alexandra Palace/Tottenham Hale already have adequate train services by tube or National Rail.

  2. Crossrail are planning to build a railway at great expense where there is one already, from Balham to Clapham junction. This will entail carving up a beautiful and well used piece of Wandsworth Common, disrupting already overused narrow roads with heavy lorries. It will also take away the peace we all enjoy hen we visit the Common, endanger children on their walk to school, lose playing fields for several local schools. No benefits. The peopl of tooting really want Crossrail to regenerate. I think it’s a shame that the benefit will be that people who already live in less urban environments benefit by Crossrail at the expense of inner Londoners who will have their lives disrupted for 10 years and who will lose their little bits of nature.

    1. Andrew Bedingham

      rossrail 2 & Balham : what next ?’

      Invitation to participate

      Public Meeting. Saturday 23 April 2016. 11.00 – 12.30h
      St Mary & St John Divine Church.
      Balham High Road.

      This invitation comes to you as a representative of Save Our Balham Campaign Group

      We would like to invite you to join us for a public meeting on the morning of Saturday 23 April 2016 at 11.00h in Balham for a discussion about TfL’s Crossrail 2 proposals for Balham.

      The aim is to inform and to up-date local Balham people on the current state-of-play since the Crossrail 2 consultation closed on 8 January, and, so far as possible, to give a ‘heads-up’ on what Balham can expect next.

      We are a group of Balham residents who since last December have come together as Save Our Balham. We are very pleased that the St Mary & St John Divine church on Balham High Road, is being offered to us to hold the meeting.

      The aim is to provide an informative Balham-based community event. We are keen for the meeting to be courteous all round and will ensure that the meeting is chaired in an even-handed way so as to provide an overview of the facts that are relevant in allowing an informed public debate.

      We are inviting a cross-section of representative organisations with a specific interest in the Crossrail 2 proposals as they
      affect Balham town centre – yourself included. Each person will be asked to speak for no more than five minutes. We hope to have a discussion around the ‘head-line’ main points from the TFL consultation response – and to provide information to allow an informed public debate.

      We are inviting the following to speak : TfL (for Crossrail 2), Wandsworth council, our local councillors and local MPs, the GLA candidates, and, other local groups with a direct interest in how Crossrail 2 proposals for Balham may impact them, (eg Streatham Action, Tooting On-Line, Balham Town Centre Partnership, St George’s Hospital, Balham Waitrose, Save
      Wandsworth Common, Balham Mosque).

      We want different organisations, each from their different perspectives, both for and against, to set out briefly to local Balham residents how they see things since the consultation closed on 8 January.

      We should be delighted if you would kindly accept our invitation to attend the meeting to discover the facts from a diverse range of poeple


      Andrew Bedingham

      On Behalf Of

      Save Our Balham see our face book page

      or email

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