Crossrail 2 was planned to deliver 200,000 homes and to add £102 billion to the UK economy. It was a proposed hybrid commuter rail and rapid transit route in South-East England, running from nine stations in Surrey to three in Hertfordshire, providing a new North–South rail link across Greater London. It would connect the South-West Main Line to the West Anglia Main Line, via Victoria and King’s Cross St Pancras. It was intended to alleviate severe overcrowding that would otherwise occur on commuter rail routes into Central London by the 2030s.
Temple worked in partnership with Mott MacDonald, ERM, and WSP (“MTEW”) on the feasibility studies in particular route options appraisals alongside the engineering design teams and Network Rail, and subsequently on the EIA and ES. We also advised on DCO and Hybrid Bill alternatives, policy and related matters and provided communication and consultation support. The scheme was shelved as part of the conditions for emergency COVID-19 funding worth £1.8 billion between the government and Transport for London (TfL) announced on 1 November 2020.