I am not against CrossRail 2. I think its a very short sighted porposal
Looking at the confusion on this website I am appalled at the lack of informed debate and I lay the blame totally on CrossRails disgusting failure to formally inform residents of the area of the proposals, and their reticence and producing detailed information about why they are rejecting Tooting.
The position of the Shaft is to be at the end of Honeywell Road on the Common to the right by and behind the duckpond. The construction site is going to be large perhaps 2/3 of a football pitch. The shaft :20-30m deep and 25x25m in size min and 5-10 yeqrs to build, requiring the removal of 12500-18750 cubic meters of soil, rock etc. An 8yard skip = 6-08cu m of heavy waste. Removal journeys only 2055-3083 journeys of heavy lorries on an already gridlocked road, not counting the amount of material that will need to be imported ..scaffolding, bricks etc...
Balham Station will require more changeovers than Tooting, it is situated by a large secondary school, and 2 primary schools. Balham will lose Waitrose and its library. The Garden Centre loss might be sad, if the prison site is used, but its part of a chain and could be relocated. There may be no need to lose it.
CrossRail's proposals duplicate the existing transport and add commuters. Tooting and other South London residents would like to be able to travel quickly and comfortably from East to West, as well as Central London. which would open up access and create more 'centres' of employment, Tooting itself Hammersmith .. the A4 corridor ? Heathrow? Swirl analysis says it probably create more problems than it solves. Many journeys into Central London are only required to change trains. The proposed Chelsea station is a waste of space,it connects to bus routes and a slow moving street, Victoria station is already dangerously overpopulated during rush hours, why add to it? I have seen no evidence of a survey that actually asks people where they want to go and what would benefit their lives in terms of transport.
Estate agents I have spoken to think that houses will be blighted for the duration of the works. As a grandparent/pensioner I might not see the other side of this debacle, I don't see it being good for the future of South London.
please read more savewandsworthcommonagain.com then sign the petition
https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mge ... splay.aspx
2) Complete the TfL Crossrail 2 questionnaire -
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossr ... nsultation
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