With increasing uncertainty around the costs and affordability of the project, questions around the ability of business to pay their share and the need to improve rail links in the Midlands and north of England, it looks unlikely that a decision to proceed to the next stage will be made in the near future.
7th July, 2016 Consultation Response reveals no clear view on whether the preferred route through our area will be from Turnpike Lane, via Alexandra Palace Station to New Southgate (connecting with services north to Weleyn and Thameslink 2) or from Seven Sisters to a new station in Wood Green (preferred by Haringey Council as a key features in its reconfiguration and reorientation of Wood Green’s town centre).
The report tells us that 88% of respondents favour the extension, with the majority supporting the Alexandra Place and Turnpike Lane route as opposed to Haringey Council’s suggested Wood green route. As well as serving future demand at New Southgate (itself undergoing substantial redevelopment), an extension to New Southgate would provide increased train frequency and capacity into central London while the line from Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City would see improvements as a result of the Thameslink 2 with passengers able to connect with Crossrail 2 services at New Southgate or continue into central London.
You may have heard on the news or read on the proposal to build a new high frequency, high capacity underground line from south west London via Clapham Junction, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Kings Cross/St Pancras to our area. There is a public consultation on the proposals until 2nd August, 2013. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/27405.aspx
If successful, it would not only provide improved access to central London and beyond but support new development around Turnpike Lane and Heartlands, something that would bring its own pressures. Residents have always opposed the higher density of development proposed for Heartlands and high rise development in our area, an area recognised by as suffering from poor planning, high levels of traffic and pollution and a deficit of open space. It all comes down to good planning.