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Crossrail 2: new sidings in Hampton Wick?

Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East. It would connect the National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire via new tunnels and stations between Wimbledon, Tottenham Hale and New Southgate linking in with London Underground, London Overground, Crossrail 1, National Rail and international rail services. Construction is proposed for 2020 to 2030 with Crossrail 2 opening in 2030. Hampton Wick would be on one of the regional branches.

The Crossrail 2 consultation is open until 8th January 2016: see www.crossrail2.co.uk.

A number of members have looked at the Crossrail 2 consultation and noticed that the proposals envisage Hampton Wick station as a termination point. The Association approached Crossrail 2 and received this assurance on 9 December 2015: β€œThe proposals for Crossrail 2 on the existing network are still at a very early stage, but there are no current plans for building additional sidings in this area.”

Notwithstanding that assurance, it appears now that Network Rail has suggested that Kingston station is the major traffic generator on the regional branch (so that a higher frequency of trains would need to be provided there), that there will be a new siding between the tracks to turn trains back and that Hampton Wick is the first place with available land to build that new siding.

The Association has contacted Network Rail for urgent clarification. We have asked also how is it possible to consult meaningfully on the Crossrail 2 proposals (so far as Hampton Wick is concerned) when a key plank of those proposals – the new sidings – is not mentioned in the consultation.

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