Harlow Council has submitted a proposal to the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission for Harlow to be the northern terminus of the new railway line, which is proposed to run from Surrey, through central London, to Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne. The new railway was given the support of the Chancellor in his recent budget and will now go to the next stage of technical development.
Crossrail 2 is intended to significantly increase capacity on the rail and underground network in and around London and relieve congestion. It will also support the development of 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs. More detailed information on Crossrail 2 can be found at http://crossrail2.co.uk/
Last year the Government set up a Growth Commission to look at how the development of the proposed railway could spur growth along its route. Harlow Council made a submission during the Commission’s recent consultation exercise and argued that the northern terminus of the line should be at Harlow rather than Broxbourne. Crossrail 2, with its northern terminus at Harlow, could act as the catalyst to unlock the growth and regeneration of Harlow and provide access to a pool of skilled employees to meet the needs of London within an easy commute of the capital. The Council’s submission has received the strong support of the town’s business community since this development would have significant economic benefits for the town and for the Enterprise Zone.
The Growth Commission is expected to release its report in the summer of this year with its recommendation on the proposed route its wider growth potential.