Crossrail 2: Full Support From the Transport Secretary
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Crossrail 2 had been left out of this year’s Queen’s Speech causing concern from businesses that the project may be cancelled. This week, the secretary of state for transport has provided full backing for the scheme. The scheme is expected to cost £30bn, half of which is to be funded directly by London. The line is due to be finished by 2033. We will publish a link to any future consultations on this website and our facebook page.
The route offers a number of benefits to residents in West Ewell and Ruxley with additional services from local stations. For commuters, hopefully there will be some time savings for those travelling further than Waterloo with no requirement to change for Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, and Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross. The line also connects to other Transport for London (TfL) routes reducing the number of interchanges needed for any journey.
As a Transport for London route, hopefully we will see an end to the saga of getting Epsom into a TfL Zone. Hopefully we will not have to wait for 2033 for this to happen but many of us did not expect to still be unable to use our oyster cards at Epsom station in 2017.This would reduce the ticket costs of travelling between Epsom and Ewell Stations. At today’s prices,a single fare between Stoneleigh and Ewell West costs £3.10 with National Rail services The same fare using TfL costs £2.10 (off peak).
It is not yet known how these additional services will impact the current Waterloo lines. Many people have moved to West Ewell and Ruxley specifically because our trains call at Vauxhall and Waterloo. Any reduction in these services could see passengers having to change at Wimbledon for these services potentially increasing journey times. As long as there are more frequent services to Wimbledon hopefully passengers will save time by not having to wait as long for trains. You can use the station finder on the Crossrail 2 site to see current service predictions.
With better transport, the area becomes more desirable pushing up house prices. This makes it more profitable for developers to build more properties putting further strain on local services.
For residents that use Ewell West, Tolworth or the Chessington Stations they will have many more interchange stations on the route. Stations to Wimbledon will remain the same. After Wimbledon the line will call at:
- either Balham or Tooting providing access to Northern Line as well as suburban rail services
- Clapham Junction for services to the South
- King’s Road Chelsea
- Victoria for Victoria Line.
- Tottenham Court Road for access to Central Line or Crossrail 1
- Euston St Pancras for services north of London (potentially including Highspeed 2), Highspeed 1 to Kent, International services including Paris and Amsterdam and multiple London Underground Lines.
- various North London stops.
Crossrail 2 Route Map
Downloads Crossrail 2 Route Map – 2015 Consultation Crossrail 2 Line Map – 2015 Consultation
Secretary of State and Mayor of London agree way forward on Crossrail 2 – Crossrail 2
Joint statement on Crossrail 2 from the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.