Impact on the London Underground from delays to Crossrail 2 being built

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL have repeatedly stated that at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures from thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 phase 2 unless Crossrail 2 is built.  Please list these 17 Underground stations.


Answer for Impact on the London Underground from delays to Crossrail 2 being built

Answer for Impact on the London Underground from delays to Crossrail 2 being built

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London and the wider South East are growing rapidly. In London alone there are now a record 8.6 million people; this will increase to 10 million by 2030. These extra people, and new schemes such as HS2, will mean five million more journeys each day on the transport network. Overcrowding on the Tube is forecast to become severe by the early 2030s and double by 2041, and National Rail services will face similar challenges.

Without Crossrail 2, TfL anticipates a routine requirement for station control measures because of overcrowding at stations across the network. These measures could include one-way systems or closures. By 2041, such measures would be required at the Underground stations at the six busiest national rail termini (Euston, King's Cross St. Pancras, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo); key interchanges such as Clapham Junction, Finsbury Park, Stockwell and Stratford*; and at other important Underground stations including Highbury & Islington; Clapham Common and Clapham North; Clapham South; Holborn; Warren Street and Leicester Square.

There are transport improvements already underway across the network, including the Elizabeth Line, which will help offset the pressure in the short term, but we need a plan to cope with longer term growth. Crossrail 2 is the strategic solution to relieving congestion on existing Underground and National Rail routes. For example, it will reduce demand on the busiest section of the Northern line Morden branch by around 20 per cent. It will also allow passengers to bypass congested stations such as Waterloo and Liverpool Street, and provide interchange connections with London Underground, London Overground, Crossrail Elizabeth Line, National Rail and International Rail services.


*this answer has been subsequently amended [19/07/17] to read "Oxford Circus, Finsbury Park, Stockwell and Stratford, as well as Clapham Junction"