Sunday, 21 July 2013

Pushing For Crossrail 2 Link at Upgraded Station

As many readers will know, Worcester Park station is at the beginning of a major upgrade at the moment and may be a station stop on the planned Crossrail 2 project.

The upgrade began with the platforms being extended down the ‘other’ end and work is set to begin tomorrow morning (Monday 21st July) on the ‘Access for All’ works which will involve building a new footbridge with lifts and ramps and should be completed next March (2014). Anyone who normally parks at Worcester Park station should note that several parking bays will be suspended during the construction works so don’t expect to find a space as easily.

Crossrail 2

Since the Mayor, Boris Johnson launched the Crossrail 2 consultation in May, Worcester Park has never made it onto the list of stations where the trains will be stopping. Instead Worcester Parkers get to stand
on the platform and wave to the Crossrail 2 passengers as they speed through the station on their way from Motspur Park to Epsom or Chessington South, however that may be about to change.

At last Wednesday’s London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting, our London Assembly member (on the Sutton side), Steve O’Connell asked Boris Johnson, “Whether we can ensure that Crossrail 2 comes to and stops at Worcester Park.”

       Boris with Steve O'Connell AM       
The Mayor paid tribute to Mr O’Connell’s work on extending transport links in south London and said that, “We are consulting on the route now. Your point about Worcester Park is well taken.”

Mr O'Connell also pushed for the tramlink to be extended so that it connects Worcester Park and Sutton. (If you’re very interested you can read the transcript yourself here - the important bit starts on page 14).

As part of the consultation, the London TravelWatch Board will be meeting this Tuesday (23rd July) to discuss (amongst other things) the proposed Crossrail 2 scheme.  The meeting will go from 9.30am to approximately 12 noon. The agenda and papers for the meeting can be found here.
You can follow live tweets from the meeting using the hashtag #ltwboard.  You can also use this hashtag to send them comments on the proposal.

Pressure has been brought to bear  from other quarters too. I have been lobbying Mr O’Connell about this and took the opportunity to bend Boris's ear in Sutton a few weeks ago when he came for a visit, telling him that "Crossrail 2 trains need to be stopping at Worcester Park." Sutton Council have also said they want Crossrail 2 trains to stop at Worcester Park.