Crossrail 2 Update - October 2016
By: Neil Salt, Chair, Streatham Action Transport Group
After Streatham Action’s hugely successful public meeting on Crossrail 2, we heard back from the powers that be on #Crossrail2Streatham. Streatham Action’s Transport Group chair, Neil Salt, writes as guest editor this month on the result.
At a packed and passionate public meeting at Hideaway on 29 June, three GLA Assembly members who were on the panel; Caroline Pidgeon, Florence Eshalomi, and Sian Berry gave their strong support to our campaign. Our commuter survey at the meeting shows how appalling the situation for Streatham’s commuters is, with over a third of respondents having journeys to work of 60-75 minutes and over 75% upwards of 45 minutes.
We have kept up the campaigning momentum over the summer and are delighted to report that Lambeth Council has recently appointed consultants to analyse data relating to Streatham commuter journeys in response to CR2's and TfL's refusal to investigate current sources of crowding on the Northern line.
JULY: Streatham was raised in a question to the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, regarding uncertainty about proposed stations on CR2 route. Ms Shawcross said in no uncertain terms that Streatham was not being considered further and she insisted that Streatham had been discounted in 2009-11 (but on a different route entirely). She again refused to consider Streatham for the current route in the light of strong evidence that the projections from CR2's data at the time, may be dangerously wrong.
AUGUST: I wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport. The response, whilst negative about Streatham getting onto the main route, did not rule out a spur line.
SEPTEMBER: Caroline Pidgeon and Caroline Russell (transport committee Assembly members) each submitted Questions to The Mayor about Streatham. The Evening Standard also published my letter on the subject of Gatwick requiring a spur line off the new CR2 route on 20th September. Gatwick's poor rail links in comparison with Heathrow are an argument for CR2 for Streatham.
We will hold another public meeting on Thursday 24 November at 7:30pm (combined with the Streatham Action AGM) after the announcement on the new airport runway. Any new runway decision could positively impact our cause. Mark your calendar now.