South East London's Crossrail future under threat

London Reconnections has an analysis of the Woolwich Crossrail station's chances of survival. They aren't good.

There have been frequent rumours of cutbacks to Crossrail, possibly to the Abbey Wood spur, and Woolwich's station was only added after furious lobbying and a promise of private funding from Berkeley Homes, which is now in doubt. The Transport Secretary made it very clear that public money will not fill the gap. Read on.

Brockley's key Crossrail access point will be at Whitechapel on the East London Line, far upstream of Woolwich, and whatever happens to the project, it seems certain to serve Canary Wharf, which will allow further expansion of the business hub, bringing more jobs east. So we're alright thanks very much, but it could be a big blow for the development of South East London, which could lose out on yet another river crossing.

10 comments:

frank said...

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but has the rest of crossrail been approved already? I thought the Tories weren't committing to it? Didn't realise we'd have an interchange at whitechapel. Could be good for getting to Heathrow... in 10 years!!

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, Crossrail's been approved and major station construction projects are already well underway at places like Canary Wharf and Tottenham Court Road.

Doesn't mean the money can't be withdrawn, theoretically, although the national govenment is only paying a share of the overall cost and nearly half of their money has already been spent.

So not much scope for cuts. But trimming part of the new line has been talked out, with SE London of course the most likely target...

Monkeyboy said...

They could slow it down so shifting spend to later years? They've done some major works now so hard to justify the core section being shelved altogether. They could also perhaps purchase fewer trains initially, lots of ways to trim.

Anonymous said...

Unless you're unfortunate enough to live there, who wants to go to Woolwich anyway. Not a great loss.

Anonymous said...

It's going to connect Brockley very nicely with central London and make the ELL even more relevant than it is now.

Anonymous said...

Brockley Tottenham Court Road in what? 22 mins?

Bonequisha said...

How would it connect Brockley 'more nicely' with central London?

Brockley Nick said...

I think the main benefits for us would be excellent connections with Heathrow and Paddington.

quick brown fox said...

It would still be 18 stops in total to Heathrow, so I think 'excellent' is overstating it a bit.

BTW if you go from Crofton Park you can already get to Paddington with a single change, at Farringdon.

Crossrail would be an improvement, but I can't see that it would be a massive one.

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong but I believe it will be a lot faster. The grind on the pic line is excruciating.

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