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Crossrail 2 - Hampton Wick gets update

Crossrail 2 - Hampton Wick gets update

Crossrail 2 have provided us with the following update:

Crossrail 2 has recently submitted an updated Strategic Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport. It builds on the 2015 business case and outlines how Crossrail 2 will improve public transport for the wider south east. We are now awaiting the Transport Secretary’s approval of the business case so that we can move to the next stage of the project’s design. Once we have approval, we intend to consult on revised proposals in the near future.

Kingston is the busiest station on the Shepperton branch for Crossrail 2, while there is less demand further up the line towards Shepperton. So while there is a need to maintain a high frequency in the Kingston area, running this service along the entirety of the branch would require significantly more rolling stock. Having a turnback facility in the Hampton Wick area would allow us to maintain a high frequency from Kingston station while also serving Hampton Wick station with at least 10 trains per hour into Central London while minimising the need for additional rolling stock. We are continuing to develop our designs and we will share our updated proposals during the next round. of consultation.

To make sure the space needed for the new railway above and below ground fits in with proposed new development, a process called ‘safeguarding’ is undertaken. Once safeguarding is in place, planning applications for sites within the safeguarded area would be referred to the Crossrail 2 project team for comment prior to planning permission being granted. This is to ensure new development does not prevent the future construction or operation of the railway. While there is currently no safeguarding south of Wimbledon, we anticipate the DfT will consult on the safeguarding after a decision has been made by the department.

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