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Lobbying for Croydon to be connected to HS2
10/01/2012 22:23:00

This afternoon, Justine Greening announced that the Government would be proceeding with High Speed 2, a high speed rail route from London initially to Birmingham and subsequently to Manchester and Leeds and maybe beyond.

HS2 will solve the predicted capacity problems on the West Coast mainline and significantly reduce the travel times between London and the great cities of the Midlands and the North, which should help to ensure that in future growth is more evenly spread around the country.

Given that our taxes are helping to pay for it, it is important that Croydon has a good connection to the new route. The Government is proposing a station at Old Oak Common, where passengers can interchange between HS2, Crossrail and the Great Western line. It would perfectly possible to include a link to the West London Line. This would enable people from south London and the South East to get a direct train from either East Croydon or Clapham Junction to Old Oak Common rather than going to Victoria and then on to Euston via Underground.

I raised this with the Secretary of State in the House today and will be following up in writing.

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On 02/02/2012 17:06:00 Margaret wrote:
Anything to ease the congestion on the Tube must be looked at in a good light, how it will cope in the Oylmpics I don't know.

Keep at it Gavin, and hopefully they will listen to you.

On 02/02/2012 19:47:00 David Huntley wrote:
Yes you are quite right about a connection to the West London Line for HS2 at Old Oak Common.

However there would be problems:

1. The west London line now carries 4 trains an hour for 'Overground' plus a 5th from S. Croydon to Milton Keynes, and extras in rush hours.

2. Trains from Croydon to the West London Line cross several other tracks before Clapham Jc, which is why those that DO do it use the slow line and call everywhere.

3. The Connection at Old Oak Common ('North Pole Junc) was removed for servicing Eurostar trains from Waterloo. Now they have left Waterloo it would be necessary to reinstate that connection.

I am sure ALL these can be overcome but at some considerable expense.

The ideal would be a tunnel from just south of Clapham Jc for fast trains to cut across to the West London Line. If this WERE done, then let's have those connecting trains continue to Heathrow!

On 05/02/2012 01:17:00 George Hosking wrote:
Well done Gavin. How about a petition we can all sign at East Croydon railway station?



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