Crossrail Plans For Twickenham Station

Transport for London and Network Rail have just announced the start of consultation on Crossrail 2 – which may include Twickenham – and want to know your views.

There are two options proposed.  The first is the Metro option which only goes as far as Wimbledon (and is all underground), and the second is the regional option which would include Twickenham (both underground and overground).

map crossrail 2

As you can see from the map above, the regional route would allow Twickenham locals to jump on a train and go direct to Kings Road, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, Euston and beyond – giving greater options than just ‘get the train to Waterloo’.

Before you get too excited, however, there’s no information about the disruption this might cause,  it isn’t likely to happen til 2030… and will cost somewhere between £9 billion and £15 billion from a combination of public and private financing.

Crossrail 2 is projected to boost London’s rail capacity by 10%.  Boris Johnson has apparently said (in classic Boris-speak) that he hoped it would be completed by 2028 to prevent train conditions which are “unfit for livestock”.

The video below brings it to life… a bit.