A couple of people I’ve spoken to about this seem to be very decided about which station is best for Crossrail2 – but I am not sure at all. The idea is to link Surrey and south-west London with north-east London and Hertfordshire, and originally two of the stations en route were to be Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane. Then Haringey Council suggested that a station at Wood Green (next to the current one) would help regenerate the area, replacing AP and Turnpike Lane.
There's a map here Crossrail2.pdf (sorry, it seems to lose bits if I try pasting it into the post). The brown lines on the map are crossrail2 – the alternative routes should be dotted, but I did not manage to do that (there’s also a branch going from Dalston to Tottenham Hale and on to Broxbourne). (blue lines are existing underground lines, magenta are overground). South of Dalston, the line would go to Angel, Euston St. Pancras, Tottenham Court Rd, Victoria and on south-west ...
Advantages of having the stations at Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane, I think, being principally that (apart from the convenience to local residents)
- passengers on the Hertford Line (as well as those on the Welwyn line) would be able to connect to the new line at AP (this would not be possible if Wood Green were used)
- visitors to events at Alexandra Palace – who are expected to increase in numbers – might be channelled into the new station via what is now a lay-by on the palace side of the current footbridge, thus reducing the annoyance for residents living around there (who have been complaining).
- passengers coming to Turnpike Lane bus station could connect to the new line
- the works would involve many years of disruption around Station Road/St. Michaels Terrace/Avenue Gardens
Advantages of having a station at Wood Green:
- it would provide an additional rail link for north Tottenham, which is very lacking in them compared with south Tottenham (see map)
- the works would not cause as much disuption, using an ?empty BT exchange and the Vue/Hollywood Green cinema building (hopefully replacing it with less of an eyesore!). Apparently Haringey want this to be part of a new town centre.
Maybe the Council are thinking of attracting developers to gentrify the area - is this a good idea? I certainly don't think we need any in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood.
… any more views/opinions on Crossrail2?