The new high frequency services connecting outlying areas of south-west and north-east London to central London stations at King’s Road (Chelsea), Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Euston St. Pancras, including interchanges with the new Crossrail and HS2, are likely to have as transformative effect on north/south journeys as Crossrail (now rebranded the Elizabeth Line) will have on east/west links when it opens in 2018.
Works are due to begin in the early 2020s and Crossrail 2 could be operational by 2030, but property owners are already affected by safeguarding.
Recognising the pressure London’s growing population will have on its transport infrastructure Crossrail 2 has received the backing of former London Mayor Boris Johnson and his successor Sadiq Khan, the National Infrastructure Commission and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Safeguarding directions were issued for the current proposed route in March 2015. Further consultations on the route are expected in 2016 before a revised business case is submitted in March 2017.
A hybrid bill containing the necessary consents to build the railway, including the power to compulsorily purchase land, would then be submitted to Parliament in 2019. Affected landowners and businesses would have the opportunity to submit petitions and appear at Select Committee.
Safeguarding directions identify the farthest extent of land Crossrail 2 currently believes will be needed to build the railway (which includes worksites as well as land for permanent infrastructure). As well as identifying land that may be subject to compulsory purchase, directions require local planning authorities to consult Crossrail 2 on new planning applications which might conflict with their proposals.
The current safeguarding directions are available here: http://crossrail2.co.uk/safeguarding/
Further public consultations and amendments to the safeguarding directions can be expected before the route is finalised.
If your property might be affected by Crossrail 2 or if you want to know more about this major project please contact John Davies from our Compulsory Purchase and Infrastructure team in our City of London Office.
BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Compulsory Purchase and Infrastructure team represented claimants affected by the original Crossrail scheme and is the leading advisor to commercial landowners and businesses affected by HS2, accounting for 25% of the total property budget cost for Phase 1.