Cross City Connect (CCC)
Cross City Connect is a scheme to develop an alternative alignment to HS2 in London and to create a link with HS1.
A critical and obvious issue for HS2 is the terminus station at Euston. There are serious concerns relating to its costs, the need for Crossrail 2 to connect to help with new station’s passenger dispersal, the lengthy disruptive delivery period, and the long-term railway capacity constraints.
With Cross City Connect, we believe we are able to address all of these challenges, reduce delivery risks and create greater value.
Cross City Connect would connect Old Oak Common in west London to HS1 at Rainham in east London. Enabling the Government to dispense with the current proposed HS2 London terminus at Euston and the associated rail connection from Old Oak Common.
Cross City Connect would give rise to transport benefits and real estate opportunities within central London and could be delivered by the private sector. It represents a significant commercial opportunity for those involved in its development.
Connecting HS2 through Central London to HS1, improving regional connectivity and network resilience
Benefits of the scheme
+ Improved functionality – Cross City Connect would (a) help ensure HS2 acts as a connectivity spine for the whole country rather than just a rail project linking London with the Midlands and the North, (b) improve HS2’s journey times into central London, (c) grow HS2’s patronage, (d) improve HS2’s economic case and (e) address dispersal issues at Euston.
+ Reduced cost – Removing the line from Old Oak Common to Euston and some of the major reconfiguration of Euston station could reduce the cost of HS2 by circa £7bn.
+ Reducing disruption – Construction of the Old Oak Common to Euston link, together with a future Crossrail 2 station, may cause up to 20 years of disruption. Not only will much of this disruption at Euston be avoided by Cross City Connect but construction of the tunnel and underground stations will minimize impact of the proposed scheme.
+ Other transport benefits – The plan for Crossrail 2 to pass through Euston to mitigate dispersal issues could be reconsidered, improving the business case for Crossrail 2. The development of through-running routes presents opportunities to take greater advantage of digital technologies to improve services. Linkage of rail routes east and west of London provides improved resiliency for the network in this region.
+ Climate Change – Rail transport is an energy-efficient carrier of people and goods and produces relatively less CO2 emissions per passenger than other modes, reduced noise impacts and improvements to air quality and public health. This extension of the HS2 alignment is primarily a tunnelling project, which offers all of these benefits plus greater climate change resilience and future proofing over above ground railways by way of protection from extreme weather events. Further, it will cause minimal disruption and a corresponding reduced climate change impact by comparison with the extended disruption at Euston, where construction is forecast to create negative impacts for more than a decade.
Talk to the team
To request further information, or discuss any aspect of the scheme, please contact Andrew Comer or email email@example.com. Andrew is a partner in our Cities business and has led our involvement in many of London’s major regeneration projects including the London 2012 Olympics and the legacy developments of the Lower Lea Valley where we continue to play a leading role.