Cross-river tram consultation - December 21 2006. Updated 29 December
Cross River Tram (CRT) will be a world class tram service running on-street between Euston and Waterloo, with branches to Camden Town and King's Cross in the north, and Brixton and Peckham in the south. It will offer an attractive alternative for people travelling on some of the most crowded stretches of the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Transport for London (TfL) now wants your views on the route options for Cross River Tram. Responses to this consultation will help them decide on the best route for the tram. For more information on these options and the consultation see the TfL consultation page www.tfl.gov.uk/trams/initiatives/crt/consultation.asp
Cross River Tram has implications for many who live outside of London as it will link some of the main line stations giving step free accessible public transport between them. With the transfer of Eurostar services from Waterloo to St. Pancras this will be an important link for many. There are a number of options in the consultation documents but the one which will affect Rail travellers the most is Section two - Euston to King’s Cross where there are two options, of which Option 1 (green) : Euston to King’s Cross via Crowndale Road and Pancras Road does not serve St Pancras station directly while Option 2 (orange) : Euston to King’s Cross via Somers Town interchanges directly with St Pancras station.
The following links give access to the different sections on the TfL website which contains descriptions of the advantages and disadvantages of each option along with maps of the route. Below each link is our considered opinion of he best option.
Section one - the main section of the route - Euston to Waterloo
Section two - Euston to King's Cross
Section three - Euston to Camden Town
Section four - Waterloo to Oval, Oval to Brixton and Brixton town centre
Waterloo to Oval -
Section five - Waterloo to Peckham and Peckham town centre
Waterloo to Peckham -
Have your say Please
The TfL website gives full details and maps of all the options along with details of consultation meetings and an on-line consultation form.
Consultation finishes on the 30th January 2007 - so make sure you have your say!
Cross-river tram debate to begin - 13 November 2006
People are to be asked to give their views on the plans for a tram system that will link north and south London. The Cross River Tram would run through the heart of the West End, linking Kings Cross and Camden in the north with Peckham and Brixton in the south.
The consultation is to help establish a preferred route and will run until January 2007.
The route knits together areas of London for the first time, offering new journey opportunities. Parts of the route will offer relief to some of the most overcrowded stretches of the Underground while others will provide connections to less prosperous areas currently without a rail service.
CRT will improve transport to the major rebuilding projects along the route. Current plans will see GBP7 billion invested in areas such as King’s Cross, Elephant and Castle, Peckham and Brixton. All these developments depend upon excellent public transport for their success.
A high quality service will attract passengers and provide relief to the congested Underground.The tram is the most expensive option but offers the greatest reduction on Underground congestion and the greatest reduction in the number of car journeys.
The exact pattern of services on the new system has not been finalised.There will also be changes to the bus network to reflect the travel opportunities offered by CRT. Detailed bus route planning will happen closer to the time CRT is due to open. Conventional bus services will be able to use parts of the CRT alignment,
Road space is extremely limited in London. CRT works by reallocating space from the private car to the far more space-efficient public transport. Time spent at stops will be reduced by level boarding and by passengers not having to queue to buy tickets from the driver.
Traffic management and special lanes for transit will ensure that the service will not be held up in congestion.These traffic management measures will also have the effect of reducing private car movements in the area, further helping to reduce accidents, noise and air pollution. At the same time TfL and the local councils will work to ensure that access is maintained to buildings along the route and that provision is made for deliveries of goods.
Note: The above information is taken from the TfL consultation document.
The terminus at Camden is proposed to be in Camden High Street on the western side of the rebuilt Camden Town tube station and will close a short section of the street to through traffic, thus helping to traffic calm a very busy section of Camden High St.
The southern section of Camden High Street, between Camden Town and Mornington Crescent tube stations will become a 2 way 'transit mall' for CRT, buses and access traffic only. The line then continues down Eversholt Street, to the east of Euston Station, where the Kings Cross branch joins at Phoenix Road.
Starting near York Way the line would run through the Kings Cross Railway lands development to a stop near to the entrance to the proposed new ticket hall for Kings Cross, behind the Great Northern Hotel building. This will also be close to the main exit from the Midland Mainline and Kent Coast Express sections of St Pancras, offering the shortest possible walk link from CRT to all the local stations. From there it would run under an enlarged St Pancras station on a new link to reach Phoenix Road.
From there the line would run straight down to Kingsway where it would turn west into Aldwych to cross the Thames by Waterloo Bridge and on through Waterloo Road to a rebuilt Elephant & Castle which would be a major transit interchange.
The route would then run through Walworth/N Peckham along the line of Thurlow St. This will be traffic calmed and provided with off line bus stops and delivery bays - as in Addiscombe Rd Croydon. It would cross Burgess Park on a landscaped lawn track ant then would continue on a new road to reach Peckham Arch terminating at the bus station.
The Brixton branch would connect to the Peckham line presumably somewhere along the Waterloo Road and eventually reach Stockwell road although the exact route is not clear. From there it would cross the A23 at the southern end of Stockwell Road to enter the terminus at Popes Road near Brixton Market and only 20m from Brixton Station entrance.
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