As frequent readers of my blog will know, I focus my posts on local issues of interest and national government policy that affects South Northamptonshire. So it may be a surprise that I am writing about Crossrail 2, the proposed new railway line that will run north-south serving London and the South East linking Surrey to Hertfordshire via central London: http://crossrail2.co.uk/the-route/
With the proposed arrival of High Speed 2 at Euston station, as well as the significant development plans identified in the Euston Area Plan, additional public transport capacity would be required to meet these needs – dispersing passengers and reducing the crowding and delay that would otherwise occur at Euston.
Crossrail 2 is therefore an important infrastructure project for those residents in South Northamptonshire who commute down the West Coast Main Line into central London. A recent consultation took place between the 27th October 2015 and the 8th January 2016 relating to specifics about the proposed construction phase.
At this stage, the proposals suggest that construction could begin by 2020. My main concern is that, if High Speed 2 does go ahead, Crossrail 2 needs to be delivered on-time to ensure that commuters from South Northamptonshire are able to continue their onward journey from Euston without delay.
Rest assured that I am keeping my eye on the plans as they develop, and will update South Northamptonshire residents when appropriate.