Boris Backs Crossrail 2 Scheme Through Wimbledon

Service would provide new link to London

Boris Johnson is backing the ambitious Crossrail 2 scheme through Wimbledon.

The new line would give a proposed journey time from Wimbledon to Tottenham Court Road of just 14 minutes.

Richard Tracey, London Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth, received the Mayor's support for the scheme during the Mayor's Question Time yesterday (March 21).

Mr Tracey urged Boris Johnson to do all he could to get the Government to start building the new route in 2018.

He said: "There are two potential routes for Crossrail 2 and although both routes would travel via Wimbledon, Tooting Broadway and Clapham Junction and be of great benefit to my constituents in Merton and Wandsworth, I am pushing for the second option, which would continue beyond Wimbledon to Kingston, Surbiton and Twickenham. I was delighted that the Mayor agreed with me when I raised this with him at Mayor's Question Time.

“Unfortunately the current suggestions are that it could be built in the 2020s and open in the early 2030s. Crossrail will open in 2018 and I have urged the Mayor to do everything in his power to start building Crossrail 2 as Crossrail finishes.

"Crossrail 2 would slash journey times for my constituents, with the journey time from Wimbledon to Tottenham Court Road reduced from 35 minutes to just 14. It would also add capacity on some of the busiest railway lines in the country. We should not be waiting more than 20 years for it to be built."

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March 22, 2013

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