Crossrail 2 consultation results show local residents back Alexandra Palace route option

Crossrail 2 have revealed the results of their consultation on the route for Crossrail 2. The report shows local residents are more supportive of the Alexandra Palace route option rather than the Wood Green route option.

Cllr Pippa Connor, Dawn Barnes GLA candidate, Caroline Pidgeon Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London, Cllr Dave Beacham, Cllr Gail Engert and Cllr Liz Morris outside Alexandra Palace Station

The news comes despite calls from the National Infrastructure Commission to delay the local Crossrail 2 branch to save £4 bn.

The consultation results chime with a survey of local residents conducted by Haringey Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dem survey found 78.5% of local residents who responded, backed the Alexandra Palace/Turnpike Lane route and only 21.5% backed the Wood Green Station route.

In the Crossrail 2 survey:

•         85% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Turnpike Lane were supportive
•         80% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Alexandra Palace were supportive
•         In comparison only 28% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Wood Green were supportive, with 68% of comments expressing concerns

In their consultation response, the Lib Dems set out their reasons for backing the Alexandra Palace route, over the Wood Green Station route.

Haringey Lib Dems also raised concerns about the plans for a construction shaft on Downhills Park and the impact it will have on local residents. They have urged Crossrail 2 to consider alternative locations on brownfield sites in the area and to limit the impact of construction work on local residents. In the Crossrail 2 Consultation report, 74% of comments on the shaft raised concerns.

Cllr Gail Engert, Haringey Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, comments:

“The Lib Dems backed the Alexandra Palace route because we want to see the Palace flourish and because we believe Turnpike Lane needs regeneration and provides better interchanges, making it a better choice for Crossrail 2. That is a view very clearly backed by local residents who responded to the Crossrail 2 consultation. I hope Crossrail 2, the Conservative Government and Labour-run Haringey Council will listen to the public.

“The Liberal Democrats back Crossrail 2 and we think the New Southgate branch should not be delayed as suggested by the National Infrastructure Commission, but go ahead as originally planned with stations at Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane.”

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