Hordes of Londoners are expected to appear at newly opened stations on Tuesday to try the Elizabeth line worth £ 20 billion.
What is Crossrail 2?
First discussed in the 1970s, Crossrail 2 is a proposed rail line that connects the southwest of the capital from Clapham Junction to the northeast to the Seven Sisters.
According to the proposed route, the line will also be extended to connect Surrey with Hertfordshire.
New tunnels will be created under the center of the capital to accommodate a project formerly called the “Chelsea-Hackney line” due to a possible route.
The line, valued at around £ 33 billion, would significantly improve capacity, as much of its central route would be an alternative to the crowded Victoria line and ease pressure on trunk lines in the south-east.
When can it be?
It was previously thought that work on the Crossrail 2 could begin in the early 2020s, and the line will start operating in the 2030s.
But the plans were officially suspended as part of a government rescue agreement in November 2021 that called for “an orderly cessation of advisory work as soon as possible” as TfL struggled with its dangerous finances following the Covid pandemic.
According to the New Civil Engineer, the project cost £ 115 million before it was suspended.
Earlier, TfL said that the priority now is to protect the route so that work can resume later, if there is enough funding.
How likely is it to be restarted?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who previously proposed calling Crossrail 2 the Churchill Line as mayor of London – recently made a statement in support of the project.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Elizabeth Line, he said: “The real thing for us now is to think about Crossrail 2, the old Chelsea-Hackney line.
“It will be a transformation again. All the problems of passengers coming to Waterloo, getting to north London, you can solve with another Crossrail. I think we should continue this. “
However, funding for the line remains uncertain, so it is unclear when and even when it will be implemented.
TfL warns that without this, the Eustace station could be overcrowded with high-speed HS2 trains once the full network is up and running.
The planned extension of the Bakerlu line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham is also on ice due to funding problems.