Crossrail2 potential Eastern branch

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0928
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Regarding your previous mention of a "possible eastern spur" to Crossrail 2, what routes for that have you so far studied?

Do those possible routes include interchanges at Stratford Regional and, alternatively, at Stratford International stations? Do they include Barking, and if so, where?

Are you confirming in your previous answer that you wish to finance and build a full-specification grade-separated junction towards the East End in your current Crossrail 2 plans, even if that leads to blind tunnels to begin with?

Would any blind tunnels nevertheless help with providing a convenient surface access site for your main construction heading and stations?

Do you anticipate that any possible East End route would be expected to reach Thames Gateway locations, and be partly financed by property developments there?

Answer

Answer for Crossrail2 potential Eastern branch

Answer for Crossrail2 potential Eastern branch

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Work to consider an eastern branch of Crossrail 2 has previously looked at an alignment from Hackney to Barking, via Stratford, with options to serve both Regional and International stations.

There are, as might be expected, significant engineering challenges with a route via the Stratford area, given the level of development in recent years. The current work on Crossrail 2 is focussed on the safeguarded alignment that the Government have just confirmed the revision of, which includes a potential spur to Hackney as the first phase of a possible future branch to the east.

This work includes engineering scheme design and will explore the issues around constructability. TfL and Network Rail are continuing to explore the case for a branch to the east as part of a future phase, including options for destinations and funding opportunities aligned to development potential, alongside other measures to support connectivity in the areas.