TFL today announced plans for Crossrail 2, a new southwest-northeast rail route across London.
The boring machines for Crossrail might still be tunnelling their way under London, but the TFL Big Plans Department aren’t putting their feet up. Instead, they’re planning Crossrail 2: 2 Damned Cross.
Like its namesake, Crossrail 2: Electric Boogaloo takes a swift route through Central London, but this time along a southwest-northeast axis, taking passengers from Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace in a nippy 28 minutes. (That’s 23 minutes faster than it takes currently.) It even links up with Crossrail 1 at Tottenham Court Road, Home of Time Out, thereby making our office the centre of the known universe.
Two versions are being considered: one, a fast-and-frequent DLR-style shuttle that takes the route above, or two, a more substantial Thameslink / Crossrail 1 style service, with Proper Trains and a route that journeys into the Provinces (pictured below).
Both routes include a hybrid ’Euston St Pancras’ station – and as the two rail termini are a ten minute walk apart, that’s going to be an interchange to rival the most tiring Bank/Monument walk. With Crossrail 2 not slated to open until 2030, though, you’ve still got plenty of time to stretch your legs.
You can share your thoughts with TFL on their website.
Prefer your transport less hypothetical? Check out stunning images of Crossrail under construction or see the tube map that shows where it’s quicker to walk.