Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have engaged designers, engineers, and construction experts at an event this week, which set out plans for Crossrail 2, preparing interested parties for an upcoming tendering process.
Crossrail 2 is being introduced with the aim of relieving pressure on the transport network across London and the South East so that an extra 270,000 people can enter central London every morning at peak time.
The new line dovetails with Crossrail 1 (also called the Elizabeth Line) and National Rail services. Here’s the route.
The early engagement stage has been set up to encourage innovation on the project, to drive down costs and to help ensure the project is delivered on time and to budget according to TfL and Network Rail.
Senior TfL, Network Rail and Government officials presented to those who are interested in potentially bidding for subsequent tenders.
Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “It is an exciting time for transport with major investment across the country, in Crossrail, Thameslink, HS2 and the biggest rail modernisation since Victorian times.
“Vital to work with interested partners”
“But we must plan properly for Crossrail 2 to ensure it is the right scheme to help make London’s transport network fit for the future. This is why it is vital to work with businesses and all interested partners as early as possible to make sure we collectively make Crossrail 2 a success.”
This next stage of development was first guaranteed in March 2016 when the Government pledged £80 million to the project, which will be matched by TfL.
TfL already has an engineering and project management framework in place, which is being led by four separate consortiums.
Last year designs for the Crossrail train designed by Barber and Osgerby were unveiled, revealing a 200 metre-long train, which can carry up to 1,500 passengers in nine interconnected carriages.
Crossrail 2 is expected to open in the early 2030s.