Crossrail 2 is the new tube line through Wandsworth and into central London.

Our local station had been planned at Tooting Broadway, but Transport for London (TfL) has discovered difficult ground conditions under Tooting and is thinking of moving the station to Balham.

Tooting was originally chosen as it is more in need of the economic boost and better rail connectivity that Crossrail 2 will bring. However, by moving the station to Balham the cost of Crossrail 2 will be less and surface disruption during construction will be reduced.

Wandsworth Council still believes a station at Tooting Broadway will deliver the maximum benefit to our area – but what do you think?

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Have your say: should the station be at Balham or Tooting Broadway?

 

About Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 is the proposed full-sized underground railway that will run North-South across London, with stops planned at Clapham Junction and – until this month – Tooting Broadway. It will also stop at Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and King's Cross / Euston.

The new railway will bring huge benefits to our area, cutting journey times to central London, boosting the local economy and reducing the strain on existing overground and Northern line services. It will also unlock thousands of new affordable homes in Wandsworth.

It will also ensure that London remains globally competitive, creating jobs and growth across the national economy, while encouraging people to make greener journeys into and across London.

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Dan Watkins

Dan Watkins, Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Tooting, has been at the forefront of the campaign to bring Crossrail 2 to our area, and was successful in getting access shafts removed from Wandsworth Common. Visit www.danwatkins.org.uk for more information.

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  • signed 2017-01-18 12:01:27 +1300
    Shocking, disappointed that anyone considers damaging such a nice town with a service that is not needed.
  • signed 2017-01-17 11:15:43 +1300
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  • signed 2017-01-11 00:03:56 +1300
    I think Balham is better positioned as a transport hub with underground & national rail services already linked in the one station.

    I would also like to see Balham continue to grow & thrive from the positive financial impact having cross rail 2 could bring
  • signed 2017-01-10 23:42:57 +1300
    Tooting needs the regeneration and the improvement transport links MUCH MORE than trendy Balham in my opinion. Balham is already rich with transport options – please do something nice for Tooting.
  • signed 2017-01-09 13:02:21 +1300
    Balham already have an overground station and Tooting Broadway needed the most boost to help ease the congestion and the over crowded tube station.
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  • signed 2016-12-27 15:04:50 +1300
    First, let’s take a reality check. Crossrail 2 is not designed for Wandsworth residents. The planners aren’t really concerned about whether CR2 serves St George’s or helps or hinders Balham. It’s intended to relieve congestion on the South Western main line into Waterloo, giving space for more trains from Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. Plus it’s expected to regenerate parts of north London. CR2’s planners aren’t going to pay much attention what any of us, or our council or MP, are saying here.


    The whole concept is flawed. CR2 is a white elephant of a rail scheme, dating from the 1940s when London was a very different sort of place – no Docklands offices, no City Airport, Luton, Gatwick, Stansted or even (for civilians) Heathrow, no Bluewater or Westfield… etc. For us, it will offer few new route options and no useful regeneration. The money would be better spent on rail links from SW London to (1) Docklands/Thames gateway towns and (2) Heathrow and the M4 corridor.


    Wherever CR2 interfaces with the Underground, the biggest flow of passengers is certain to be on to the already desperately overcrowded Northern Line. CR2 won’t relieve the Northern, because it will remain the only direct route from SW London to the City and beyond – and that’s where most people heading to/from work need to go.


    However, if politicians and planners defy common sense and go ahead with CR2, then Balham is the logical choice, so long as the mainline and Northern Line stations are completely rebuilt. Balham offers better connectivity and CR2 would help relieve congestion at Victoria as well as at Waterloo. It would also provide an alternative to the mainline train company – the past year has shown the risks of being reliant on an abusive and incompetent monopoly train operator.


    Unfortunately, there’s a powerful pro-Tooting lobby including our past and present MPs (who forget that they are supposed to represent the WHOLE constituency). They should demand to see the plans. Consider that thousands more bus passengers will have to squeeze along the pavements from bus stops to the Tube/CR2 station. If a proper bus/Tube interchange is built at Tooting Broadway, then virtually all the existing shops between Sainsbury’s and the Library will have to be demolished. You can’t simply pour more people into Tooting without contemplating a complete redesign of the town centre – and where’s the money or the will to do that?


    Rather than spending billions of pounds on a scheme that no longer makes transport sense and that won’t be ready for two decades, we ought to 1. Rebuild Balham station so it is fit for purpose as a Tube/rail/bus interchange, including a lift or escalator all the way from the Northern Line platforms to street level and continuing up to the Southern station, plus a combined Tube/Southern ticket hall, manned all day; 2. Create safe pedestrian access from Tooting Broadway station to St George’s Hospital; 3. Enlarge Tooting Broadway ticket hall and provide full bus information at the station.