The Anonymous Widower

Could Crossrail 2 Go To Grays?

This article in Your Thurrock is entitled Is Crossrail about to stop at all stations in Thurrock?

It talks about a branch of Crossrail 2 going East from a junction between Angel and Dalston stations calling at Hackney Central, Stratford International, East Ham and Barking, before taking over the c2c routes to Basildon and Grays.

This map is provided.

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

The red section is new track, which would need to be in tunnel as far as East Ham.

Connectivity Of The Route

The route would appear to tidy up a lot of the connectivity problems in East London.

  • Stratford International station will be properly connected to London’s local rail network, instead of by a sizeable walk through Eastfield.
  • The Western parts of Essex between Upminster and Grays, which will see a lot of much-needed new housing built in the next few years, get a much better rail connection to Central London.
  • c2c services get a new excellent connection to Central London at Barking, which by-passes the inaccessible Fenchurch Street.
  • Hackney gets its own direct connection to Central London.

And of course there will be a large increase in capacity with 200m. long trains to Basildon and Grays.

Stratford International Station

Stratford International station has never been properly connected to London’s local rail network.

At present, it is only really a domestic station for Southeastern’s HighSpeed services to Kent and some have branded it a white elephant.

With more and more international services likely to run into London, I think it is only a matter of time, before Stratford International gets some international services.

The Future Of c2c To Central London

If c2c services to Basildon and Grays are replaced with higher capacity Crossrail 2 services, does this have repercussions for c2c services.

  • Basildon station currently has four trains an hour going between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness.
  • Grays station has four trains per hour to Fenchurch Street and two to Southend Central.

This says to me that there might be scope to simplify the pattern of c2c services.

Fenchurch Street Station

This Google Map shows Fenchurch Street station.

Fenchurch Street Station

Fenchurch Street Station

Note Tower Gateway station on the DLR and Tower Hill station on the District and Circle Lines, to the South of the lines into Fenchurch Street.

The site must be worth a fortune in the City of London and could surely be redeveloped.

  • It could have enough capacity to provide four trains per hour to Southend and/or Shoeburyness.
  • If the Docklands Light Railway terminus was moved alongside the new station, it might be possible to extend the DLR to Charring Cross station, as has been proposed
  • It could have direct connectivity to Tower Hill station.
  • There would obviously be a lot of offices on top.

Could it be, that one of the drivers of linking Crossrail 2 to c2c services is to enable the Fenchurch Street station site to be redeveloped?

Hackney Central to Stratford International

This Google Map shows the area between Hackney Central and Stratford International stations.

Crossrail 2 - Hackney Central to Stratford International

Crossrail 2 – Hackney Central to Stratford International

Hackney Central station is at the extreme left of the map and Stratford International station is north of the Olympic Stadium.

At least the engineers know it is good tunnelling country as there is already a large pair of tunnels between the two stations – High Speed One.

Stratford International to Barking

This Google Map shows the area between Stratford International and Barking.

Crossrail 2 - Stratford International to Barking

Crossrail 2 – Stratford International to Barking

Barking is at the extreme East of the map.

The Surface Route From East Ham to Barking

This Google Map shows the surface lines between East Ham and Barking stations.

Crossrail 2 - East Ham to Barking

Crossrail 2 – East Ham to Barking

East Ham station is in the South West corner and Barking station is in the South East corner. The large structure on the railway by the park is c2c’s East Ham Depot.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines through East Ham and Barking.

East Ham to Barking Lines

East Ham to Barking Lines

The engineers also have a lot of choice as to where Crossrail 2 can emerge to join the surface network.

Conclusions

It certainly seems to be a feasible route through East London, that effectively gives Crossrail 2, two eastern termini.

I also think, that it could release the Fenchurch Street site for redevelopment with perhaps a smaller station with four trains per hour to Southend Central, good connections to the Underground and the DLR and lots of offices on top.

That would help to pay for the extension.

 

 

 

March 23, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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  1. […] have just written Could Crossrail 2 Go To Grays?, after various articles suggested that a Hackney Branch of Crossrail 2 could take over c2c lines […]

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