London First, a business membership organisation promoting the city as a global business location yesterday published the final report from their Crossrail 2 task force chaired by former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis. The report, entitled ‘Crossrail 2: Supporting London’s Growth’, comes ahead of a Department of Transport review of the Chelsea-Hackney Route which has been safeguarded since 1991 and proposes a line from Wimbledon-Tottenham Hale.
Jonathan Manns, Associate Director of Planning at Colliers International, stated:
“London is already one of the best connected places on earth, but a joined-up transport network must be a priority if we are to remain globally competitive and grow sustainably. Whatever the final route, serious consideration should be given to the impacts of Crossrail 2 with regard to relieving pressure from the existing network, facilitating regeneration and accommodating growth. This means a considered approach, linking into existing and proposed transport hubs and capitalising on opportunities for interchange – something which is shown to dramatically increase both usage and surrounding investment. ”
“The real focus of debate must be about the knock-on impacts the final route will have. Whether Crossrail 1 and 2 will create value as opposed to redistribute it remains to be seen, but the impact on the way in which London functions and develops is unquestionable. The approach therefore needs to be both local and global. With only 25 miles of green fields separating Tottenham Hale from Stansted, for example, what implications could this have on the long-running debate about airport capacity in the south-east of England or the expansion of London’s satellite towns?”