What is Crossrail 2?
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East that could be open by 2030. It would connect the existing National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire with trains running through a new tunnel from Wimbledon to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate. Crossrail 2 will connect directly with National Rail, London Underground, London Overground, Crossrail 1, High Speed 1 international and domestic and High Speed 2 services, meaning passengers will be one change away from over 800 destinations nationwide.
Why do we need Crossrail 2?
The South West Main Line is one of the busiest and most congested routes in the country. It already faces capacity constraints and demand for National Rail services into Waterloo is forecast to increase by at least 40% by 2043. This means the severe crowding on the network will nearly double and would likely lead to passengers being unable to board trains at some stations. Crossrail 2 would free up space on the railway helping to reduce congestion, and would enable us to run more local services to central London that bypass the most congested stations. Transport improvements already underway will help offset the pressure in the short term. Crossrail 2 is therefore needed to cope with longer term growth.
Proposals for Crossrail 2 in this area
Crossrail 2 trains would run south west of Wimbledon serving branch lines to Epsom, Chessington South, Hampton Court and Shepperton. On the Shepperton branch up to 8 trains per hour, in each direction, would serve Norbiton, Kingston and Hampton Wick stations. Four trains per hour in each direction would run west of Hampton Wick to Shepperton, calling at all stations. The delivery of Crossrail 2 will be accompanied by station improvement work at a number of locations, including platform work and the installation of new lifts or ramps where there is currently no step-free access. A second platform at Shepperton station has also been proposed.
For more information about Crossrail 2, visit http://crossrail2.co.uk.