TfL’s £3.6bn wish list

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Philip Haigh Con­tribut­ing Writer philip.haigh@bauer­me­

Cross­rail 2 tops the £3.6 bil­lion wish list as Trans­port for Lon­don seeks pack­age of rail im­prove­ments.

TRANS­PORT for Lon­don is call­ing for a £3.6 bil­lion pack­age of rail im­prove­ments around the cap­i­tal, to be de­liv­ered over five years from 2019.

TfL’s call comes as the Depart­ment for Trans­port pre­pares for this sum­mer’s High Level Out­put Spec­i­fi­ca­tion (HLOS) that will ex­plain what it wants from Net­work Rail over that pe­riod.

Top of Lon­don’s list is Cross­rail 2. How­ever, TfL ad­mits that this stands out­side the HLOS process, and so it is call­ing for ‘metroi­sa­tion’ of ser­vices in south and south­east Lon­don. This will in­volve changes to in­fra­struc­ture and timeta­bles, as well as trains bet­ter suited to car­ry­ing more peo­ple for shorter dis­tances.

TfL says the im­prove­ments it wants will con­trib­ute to faster jour­neys, more fre­quent trains and re­duced crowd­ing, and that they will con­trib­ute “sig­nif­i­cant wider eco­nomic ben­e­fits”. It is fo­cus­ing on south Lon­don, where eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity per head is lower than in other parts of the cap­i­tal. The area is also more re­liant on na­tional net­work rail ser­vices be­cause it has fewer Lon­don Un­der­ground lines.

Lon­don’s trans­port chiefs are keen to see im­prove­ments to Lon­don Over­ground, in­clud­ing ca­pac­ity in­creases to run longer and more fre­quent trains be­tween Strat­ford and Rich­mond and Clapham Junc­tion.

They are look­ing to boost East Lon­don Line ser­vices from 16 trains per hour to 24tph by ap­ply­ing dig­i­tal railway tech­nol­ogy.

In west Lon­don, TfL is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case for an in­ter­change sta­tion at Old Oak Com­mon, at Hythe Road and Old Oak Com­mon Lane.

TfL has iden­ti­fied 18 sta­tions that will re­quire more space to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra pas­sen­gers gen­er­ated by its am­bi­tions for more ser­vices. While not­ing that its list is not ex­haus­tive, TfL sug­gests im­prove­ments to stairs, gate­lines, bridges, un­der­passes and con­courses at sta­tions vary­ing from Vic­to­ria to Brom­ley South and Padding­ton to Peck­ham Rye (see panel).

In the longer term, be­yond the 2024 con­clu­sion of Con­trol Pe­riod 6 to which the next HLOS ap­plies, TfL has an am­bi­tious pro­gramme that in­cludes ‘Thames­link 2’ link­ing Croy­don, Lewisham, Ca­nary Wharf, Strat­ford and Tot­ten­ham. Other projects in­clude:

■ Lon­don Over­ground ex­ten­sion from Old Oak Com­mon to


■ Green­ford-West Ruis­lip cor­ri­dor.

■ Cross­rail 3.

■ Outer-or­bital net­work.

■ Fur­ther ‘metro-isa­tion’ to turn south Lon­don or­ange (the colour of TfL’s Lon­don Over­ground lines).

Away from the na­tional net­work, TfL is pur­su­ing the Bak­er­loo Line’s ex­ten­sion to Lewisham, as well as Croy­don Tram­link and Dock­lands Light Railway ex­ten­sions. It ex­pects to pro­vide more de­tails of th­ese and other plans when it pub­lishes an up­dated trans­port strat­egy re­flect­ing the poli­cies of the new mayor.

TfL said its list of HLOS schemes has been de­vel­oped in the knowl­edge that fund­ing was ex­pected to be con­strained, and that many of the projects planned for 2014-19 would be de­layed into 2019-24.

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