The Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday confirmed further development funding for Crossrail 2.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said:
“I welcome the announcement of further development funding for Crossrail 2 but it is at best an ‘amber light’ – not the ‘green light’ that we had hoped for. The £80 million pledged is well short of the £200 million that TfL had hoped for, and we still don’t have a single penny to put shovels in the ground.”
The funding announcement came on the same day as the release of the detailed responses to the Crossrail 2 consultation, which ended in January.
On Tooting Broadway as a station option, Sadiq Khan MP said: “It comes as no surprise that the consultation results show that residents wish to see Tooting Broadway considered instead of Balham. My position as local MP, one which I expressed very clearly to Crossrail 2 during the consultation, is that I stand with local residents, resolute that the cost and more challenging nature of building the Tooting Broadway site should not deter TfL from considering it as the more viable option.”
The consultation results also show that residents are concerned about locating an access shaft on Wandsworth Common.
Sadiq Khan said: “This is also an issue that I raised with Crossrail at the time. The proposal at Balham would mean that access and ventilation shafts would need to be built on Wandsworth Common, one of a few local green spaces. The Common is well-used by many local residents including families with young children and school groups. I understand that should the shafts be built on the Common that this will cause irreversible damage. I fully support calls for TfL to look for alternative locations for the shafts on the Common.”
TfL has also confirmed that the results of the economic impact assessment for Tooting will have been compiled by the end of March. The purpose of the economic impact assessment, 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.
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. A spokesman from Crossrail told Sadiq Khan that: “we haven’t changed our preferred option and the consultation is only one factor in reaching a decision. It’s likely to be early summer before a decision on our preferred option is reached.”
This option will then be subject to a second round of consultation in October, TfL confirmed.