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Drilling to start in Tooting early next week

Transport for London (TfL) will begin ground investigation work in Tooting early next week to assess the ground conditions. The assessment will be used to inform TfL’s preference for which location, Tooting or Balham, should host the Crossrail 2 station.

Three boreholes will be drilled, one at Blackenham Road (near the junction with Totterdown Street) on March 29, one on Graveney Road (near the junction with Selkirk Road) on April 5 and one on Bickley Street (near the junction with Mitcham Road) on April 12. Each borehole is expected to take approximately one to two weeks to drill.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said “It is important the residents know exactly what is happening on their streets and I would like to reassure them that TfL has committed to keeping disturbance to a minimum and to ensuring all appropriate safety measures are in place”. 

TfL has confirmed that the ground investigation work will only be carried out during the day (8am -6pm) or, if required, on Saturday mornings (8am-1:00pm). TfL has also confirmed that each worksite will be securely surrounded by temporary metal fencing and sheeting to minimise noise impact and that any excavated material will be kept within the site boundaries.

Sadiq Khan said: “I have received assurances from TfL that they do not anticipate that there will be any dust generated as a result of this work. If residents have any concerns or questions about the drilling, they can call 0343 222 0055 or email crossrail2@tfl.gov.uk.

A spokesperson for Crossrail 2 said: “At this point, no decision on whether Crossrail 2 should interchange at Tooting Broadway or Balham has been made. These ground investigations are being undertaken to further our understanding of the ground conditions in Tooting Broadway”.

Sadiq Khan said: “I will, of course, keep residents updated on Crossrail 2’s progress”.

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