Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed to Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, that this month geological surveys are to begin in Balham. The purpose of these surveys, which were promised by TfL back in January, is to get a clearer idea of the geological conditions at the Balham site. Similar geological surveys will start next month in Tooting. The results of both geological surveys will help inform TfL’s decision as to which site should be TfL’s final preferred option for the Crossrail 2 station.
By the end of March, TfL has also confirmed that the results of the economic impact assessment for Tooting will have been compiled. The purpose of the economic impact assessment, also promised back in January, is to weigh up the potential economic benefits of bringing the Crossrail 2 station to Tooting. TfL has invited Sadiq Khan MP to discuss the assessment’s findings.
Sadiq Khan MP said: “TfL is moving ahead with this project in line with the assurances it gave back in January. By next month, the community will be several steps closer to understanding where the final Crossrail 2 station will be sited. TfL is weighing up the various issues surrounding both sites before deciding whether or not to change its preferred option to Tooting. The economic impact assessment is a crucial element in this decision and I look forward to seeing the results.
“March and April will be very significant months in the decision-making process, as residents see drilling begin at the two sites and as TfL conducts further analysis into the 20,000 responses it received to the consultation for Crossrail 2.”
TfL has confirmed that this detailed analysis of the consultation responses, including a breakdown of the concerns expressed and the numbers of residents who expressed these concerns, will be completed by the end of March. By June, TfL will be able to provide a “considered response” to the consultation and will then be in a position to announce its single preferred option.
This option will then be subject to a second round of consultation in October, TfL confirmed.