Transport for London (TfL) has appointed four consulting groups to develop detailed plans for Crossrail 2, the proposed GBP25bn (approx. EUR 33.5bn) new north-south rail line for the UK capital.
Already recognised by London’s business community as a crucial link to connect key growth areas in the south-west and north-east London – via Victoria, Euston, St. Pancras International and King’s Cross stations – the line has commitment from the Mayor of London and from the UK Treasury.
Initial proposals have been under public consultation and the UK Department for Transport is currently consulting on safeguarding along the route; further public consultations will take place before an application for powers to build the new railway is submitted in 2017. Construction could begin in 2020.
When it opens, no earlier than 2030, Crossrail 2 is projected to carry up to 90 000 passengers in the morning peak.
The consultant groups are:
- Engineering/technical – ARCADIS Hyder, in partnership with Weston Williamson, VINCI Construction, Interfleet and First Class Partnerships and Dr Sauer & Partners)
- Strategic modelling, route development, planning, appraisal and evaluation – CH2MHILL/Atkins (CAST)
- Environment and sustainability – MTEW (Mott MacDonald, Temple Group, ERM, and WSP)
- Town planning, economic development, socio-economic and urban design – AECOM, Weston Williamson and Turkington Martin
Michèle Dix CBE, TfL’s Managing Director for Planning, who will take up the post of Managing Director of Crossrail 2, said: “The appointment of these four major consultancies is another important step in taking Crossrail 2 forward. They will work with us to help make the case for Crossrail 2 and prepare more detailed proposals for public consultation later in the summer.”
The scheme is projected to add 10% more rail capacity to the capital, and is designed to address capacity constraints as well as providing vital new connections across the capital supporting the UK’s single largest employment area, providing opportunities for thousands of new jobs. It is also hoped the project will unlock large areas of outer London, including the Upper Lea Valley, for sustainable housing developments, supporting up to 200,000 new homes along the route.
Crossrail 2 is being developed jointly by TfL and Network Rail.