Islington Council

Crossrail 2

Scheme Description

This is a new railway linking north east and south west London via central London. A safeguarding direction has been in place since February 1991 for a conventional tube line, with stations at King's Cross, Angel and Essex Road (next to the existing station).

The main purposes of the project are to:

  • Relieve congestion on the Victoria Line (Kings Cross- Victoria)
  • Relieve congestion on the District Line around Earls Court
  • Connect areas not on the network e.g. Hackney, Kings Road
  • Offer options of wider connections in south west and north east London

Specific works within Islington

Islington Council has strongly supported the Safeguarded Scheme, which includes the following:

  • Stations at Kings Cross, Angel and Essex Road.
  • A ventilation shaft on the corner of Essex Road and Gaskin Street.
  • A tunnel under the borough. (There are a number of possible alternative routes to this project, specific works may therefore vary considerably from those listed).

Powers and Timetable

The scheme is being taken forward by a new company called Cross London Rail Links Ltd (Crossrail), which is a joint venture between Transport for London and the Strategic Rail Authority.

This scheme is being reviewed in conjunction with Crossrail 1. The development of Crossrail 2 is in its early stages, current studies are reviewing the safeguarded route and some alternatives. Preliminary outcomes from these studies should be completed in late 2003. The current timetable is for the line to be operational by 2016.

For more information contact:
Cross London Rail Links Ltd
1 Butler Place
Tel: 020 7941 7600
Fax: 020 7941 7703


Contact Islington

Email Islington

t: 020 7527 2000

222 Upper Street, London N1 2UD

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