I have bored myself stupid with reading up on Crossrail 2 and it's impact on Balham and Wandsworth Common. In a 'nutshell' ..
CR2 presented 'an incredibly persuasive transport , economic and regenerative argument' to site a station at Tooting, AND noted the substantial benefits to the 3000 staff and 1.3 million patients at St George's hospital. The shaft on WC was proposed but after significant local opposition, CR2 agreed to move the shaft elsewhere , most likely by Wandsworth Prison.
Since uncovering geological conditions that would make the Tooting route 'difficult but not impossible' - (Michelle Dix - CR2 MD), CR2 have suggested Balham as an alternative. Of course, it's cheaper and simpler, HOWEVER, it fails to deliver on CR2 promises.
Tooting is the busiest of it's 5 neighbouring stations on the Northern Line.If you provide an alternative mode of transport here, you alleviate Northern Line crowding at Balham.
Of both sites being considered, surely Tooting is due the opportunity to regenerate and develop? Balham already has Northern Line & overland to Victoria, surely it's greedy to ask for yet another station?
There has been significant public money spent on the regeneration of Balham - Hildreth Market in particular. It is the smallest town centre in the borough , therefore the 10,000 sqm required for building the new station and access site, would have a considerable impact , for very little return. (Plus the fact that a shaft will be required on Wandsworth Common again - 3000 sqm of construction site for 5 + years) .
I could bore you all with facts, but you're intelligent people and the information is there for you to make your own minds up. Please attend the Balham consultations and submit your thoughts on the consultation questionnaire.
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossr ... nsultation