The national infrastructure commission has given the green light to Crossrail 2, and is calling for ministers to get working on it as soon as possible. Lord Adonis, the chairman of the commission, says the new line could be up and running as early as 2033, though the project is expected to cost around £27 billion.
Crossrail 2 would connect the capital’s Underground, Overground and national and international services with the National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire. As you can see from the image below, it would go beyond Broxbourne in the north, and end at Shepperton, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Epsom in the south.
“By the 2030s London will be a mega-city of more than 10 million people,” said Lord Adonis. “Even allowing for planned investment and the imminent arrival of Crossrail 1, it will grind to a halt unless significant further improvements are made. That’s why London needs Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible.
“There is no good reason to delay. Crossrail 2 will help to keep London moving, create hundreds of thousands of homes and fire regeneration across the city from north-east to south-west. We should get on with it right away and have the line open by 2033.”
The east-west Elizabeth Line will be operational in late 2018, and will be represented with an appropriately royal purple line on the Tube map. What will Crossrail 2 eventually be called? I’m holding out for something a little more out there, like the Shaniqua Line. Or the Abdul Line. [Standard]