Crossrail 2 has been given the go-ahead by the Government. On 10th March, the National Infrastructure Commission published its report, “Transport for a World City”, in which it formally endorsed the Crossrail 2 proposals. Soon after, Chancellor George Osborne pledged £80m in the Budget to develop the project, and announced that this figure will be matched by Transport for London.
Click here to read “Transport for a World City”.
So what is Crossrail 2?
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new rail line that would run south-west to north-east across London. It will provide a direct link in the south-west to the line linking Kempton Park, Sunbury, and Shepperton stations, and will bypass London Waterloo by sending trains across central London.
Click here to view the proposed route of Crossrail 2.
What does this mean for Spelthorne?
The national rail network is facing a huge increase in demand, with passenger numbers into London more than doubling in the last 20 years. The highest level of crowding on London-bound trains in 2030 has been forecast to occur on the South West Main Line, which runs through Clapham Junction into London Waterloo. As growth continues, this will place significant pressure on rail services from Spelthorne.
Crossrail 2 will:
- Bring continued investment into Staines and Sunbury, and boost local businesses
- Reduce travel time and overcrowding for commuters into London
- Increase the frequency of train services running through Sunbury and Kempton Park
- Reduce strain on local roads
What could this mean for housing?
The National Infrastructure Commission has stated that Crossrail 2 is expected to facilitate the development of 200,000 homes in and around London. It is widely agreed that London is facing a housing crisis, and one of the best ways to facilitate housing land supply is by enhancing transport links.
The Commission has highlighted that 75,000 of the 200,000 homes that could potentially be unlocked by Crossrail 2 would be outside Greater London in counties such as Surrey. There should be a particular emphasis on building new homes near Crossrail 2 stations. With two stations on the route, Sunbury will be in a prime location to help unlock this housing potential.
Crossrail 2 could assist Spelthorne Borough Council by providing the necessary infrastructure to support housing growth to meet local needs, which its own evidence base documents have shown is necessary.
Click here for more information on Spelthorne’s housing need.
Crossrail 2 would not only support local businesses in Spelthorne, improve commuting conditions and potentially relieve pressure on the local highway network but it would also provide an opportunity to deliver much needed housing for local people around stations, like those in Sunbury, in line with the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Commission. Local residents can help to plan positively for such opportunities through their involvement in the Local Plan process.