The Belgravia Society
Update on Crossrail 2
know Crossrail 2 will provide a new railway line serving London and the
south-east linking Surrey to Hertfordshire by central London destinations and a
new station is proposed in Victoria. If finance is available, this is due to
open in 2030.
NetworkRail, Transport for London and Londonís Mayor (Stakeholder Authorities)
have started a new consultation. This is the second this year and will finish on
8th January 2016. There have been local consultations with exhibitions and
people to answer questions at various venues. You can access a great deal more
detail at the Crossrail2
the Belgravia Society are working closely with our neighbours, Ebury Street
members and throughout Belgravia, to inform our response to the consultation.
Our work at this stage is to seek modification of the plans where necessary,
while we are in the very early stages of the design process. This is a lesson
learnt in Crossrail 1 by the Stakeholder Authorities so that they can avoid some
of the errors made previously where damage to local residents and communities
had not been taken into account.
also working closely with, and have representation on, the Victoria Interchange
Group (VIG). This group tirelessly fought some of the worst aspects of the new
development in Victoria Street and represented the community to ensure minimum
disruption and maximum information for the local community. To this end, it
represents the community on the statutory Community Liaison Group, set up
for the purposes of monitoring the work of the Victoria Station Upgrade and
ensuring action was taken to remedy many problems arising. It fought to have
proper crossings in Victoria Street, community information and proper signage to
help pedestrians whether locals, commuters or tourists. At present, there is a
possibility that the zebra crossing in Victoria Street to the Cathedral Piazza
might be removed. For those of you who wish to see it stay, please write to your
local Councillors as it is WCC which will take the final decision. VIG will now
turn its attention to the impact of Crossrail 2 and make representations in
addition as part of the current consultation process.
well as engaging with VIG, naturally, there are many things which concern us and
we will also be making our own representations on behalf of Belgravia. We will
be serving on the community liaison group which is being established to
provide consultations and feedback from community organisations.
concerned about the pedestrians flowing too and from the proposed new station
entrance (mentioned below). One access point to Buckingham Palace Road for the
local residents is Phipps Mews and may well disappear into the surface working
area and be lost for good. We are also concerned about access to the rear of
buildings, which are immediately adjacent to the station work site, and, of
course, the future of the work sites at the end of the development. We have
concerns about the station entrance proposed where the Ebury Gate building now
stands and the future of the sites when no longer required as part of the
campaigning with the Stakeholder Authorities to try and procure some land
adjacent to the St Peters Eaton Square primary school for a proper school
playground. It is our hope that some land can be released to the school at an
early stage. It would make a huge difference to the school, but we do not think
it will compromise the work site.
most important for you to look at the proposals and make your comments so that
we and the Stakeholder Authorities can be fully informed as to how you feel
about Crossrail 2 and the specific plans they are now consulting on. We have
reproduced the plan below showing the work sites (by kind permission of the
Stakeholder Authorities). The key is most helpful so that you understand where
the work sites are, where the new station entrances are likely to be, where the
existing station entrances are and also where the ventilation shafts will be.
(They will provide ventilation outlets and emergency access stairs and passages
to and from the station platforms.) The ventilation shafts can be incorporated
into a building when completed either into a larger building or have specific
ones designed for the purpose. Some have been designed to replicate this
architecture of the surrounding area.
now vital for you to respond to the consultation. You can do this either direct,
or through us and we will be including your observations and views in our
response to the consultation. If we do not make points now, it may not be
possible to change a more advanced plan later.
time you read this, we will know whether the timetable starting in 2020 can be
met. The Chancellorís Autumn Statement will tell us whether funds will be
available which are needed for the plans to proceed now. If funds are made
available then the timetable will be met. If the funds are not made available
then the timetable will be put back. Hopefully, we will be able to include a
stop press so you will know the outcome.
It seems The Chancellor will provide the funds for the next stage of Crossrail 2
to progress. On this basis work will start in 2020
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