If Ken Livingstone has his way, Londoners can look forward to seeing Crossrail 2 and 3 in the future. In an appearance at the London Transport Awards in London recently, Ken Livingstone announced that he thought London would benefit greatly from further investment in large transport infrastructure projects such as Crossrail. He feels that such investment is crucial if London is to continue competing with other major business centres worldwide.

Mr Livingstone believes that building a similar transport system to that currently in operation in Paris, France, would greatly benefit London. The RER underground system operates far below street level in Paris and should a future Crossrail 2 and 3 be built, they could be integrated in a similar fashion into the planned High Speed Two (HS2) rail scheme is currently being considered by the government.

The original plans for a Crossrail 2 project first came into being about forty years ago. It was conceived as a rail link between Chelsea and Hackney and was to include a 7.3 km tunnel between King’s Cross station and Victoria station. The Crossrail 2 project was reconsidered in 1995 and costs were investigated, but interest waned and the project was once forgotten about.

Plans for a Crossrail 3 rail project have never been looked into seriously, but ideally such a service would operate between Euston and Waterloo, providing a connection between the West Coast Main transport corridor and useful services to the south of the city. The tunnelling section would run between Waterloo and Euston station and would be 4 km long.

Mr Livingstone is firmly in favour of Crossrail 2 and 3: “Because you don’t have to get off at terminuses and the train doesn’t have to turn around you are massively increasing the capacity of transport in our city.”