Latest update: On 10 March 2016 The independent National Infrastructure Commission published its report on the future of London’s infrastructure stating that “Crossrail 2 should be taken forward as a priority.”
What is Crossrail 2?
Crossrail 2, previously known as the Chelsea-Hackney line, is a proposed railway which will pass through Central London stopping at a number of stations including Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and a new Euston/St Pancras station. It is likely to provide direct connections to Crossrail (the original east-west railway currently under construction), HS2, St Pancras International Station and possibly to Stansted Airport.
Which stations will be serviced by Crossrail 2?
The map shows the current route options being considered by Crossrail 2 as part of the public consultation. Final route options are likely to be announced during 2017 after the next Crossrail 2 consultation.
A major public consultation on detailed plans for the Crossrail 2 project, along with updated route options (see map) was carried out until 8 January 2016. The consultation gave the public an opportunity to respond to the proposals for Crossrail 2. The consultation is now closed and the results were published in July 2016.
The next route consultation, which will consider currently preferred route options, will take place in early 2017. This will be followed by a review of the current safeguarding directions, which indicate the areas of land across the scheme that may be impacted by the construction or running of Crossrail 2.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding Directions are used by Transport Infrastructure bodies to protect proposed routes from developments that may negatively impact on the final scheme.
The most up-to-date Safeguarding Directions were published for the Crossrail 2 route (previously known as the Chelsea-Hackney line) in March 2015. The document indentifies all property that Crossrail 2 believe may be compulsorily acquired for the Crossrail 2 scheme (both temporarily or permanently). These are called areas of surface safeguarding and are shaded grey on the maps. Any planning application submitted for land or property within the safeguarded zone will have to be referred to Crossrail 2 for their approval. This enables Crossrail 2 to restrict, control and even prevent development which it believes might impact on their scheme.
What is “an area of surface interest”?
An area identified where Crossrail 2 works are anticipated at surface level or within 9 meters of the surface. As mentioned above, the areas of surface safeguarding are shaded grey on the safeguarding direction maps (see above link). Properties or land within the surface safeguarded are likely to be compulsorily acquired if statutory powers are obtained by Crossrail 2.
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