Crossrail 2 has dashed hopes that the high speed rail link connecting surrey with Hertfordshire will see two lines built between Wimbledon and Clapham Junction
In an interim response to the proposals, which include demolishing Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon Bridge House, the Everyday Church and some residential homes, Crossrail 2 says it is
“working hard to fully understand potential alternative solutions, and weight the pros and cons of these against the existing proposals”.
Potential alternative solutions include fewer and narrower platforms, building a tunnel for the existing South West
Main Line non-stopping services and rebuilding the existing station.
But Crossrail 2 adds that fewer or narrower platforms could mean slower and less frequent journeys.
The report argues that its original proposals met the requirements needed to deliver an effective Crossrail 2 railway and station at Wimbledon.
These requirements include four dedicated Crossrail 2 platforms, space for trains to turn around to allow up to 10 Crossrail 2 trains per hour to begin at Wimbledon and another 20 to continue on to the existing train line, and a depot that can be easily accessed.
He says: “We believe that the construction work required for this proposal could be phased to help minimise disruption to the town centre.”
But a proposal to build two lines between Wimbledon and Clapham Junction, with one serving Earlsfield and another serving Balham, Tooting, St George’s Hospital and Haydons Road, have been rejected on the grounds it would be expensive and result in fewer trains in operation.
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