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Brian Hayes

Streatham is a transport blackspot served by unreliable congested rail services and equally congested and slow bus transport. It is also a rapidly growing inner suburb of London with considerable potential for further development. Bringing Crossrail 2 to Streatham would dramatically improve the transport provision for the area and unlock the considerable potential the locality provides: 1. Moving journeys to quality and reliable rail services will reduce the current over-reliance on bus and car traffic 2. There is potential to reuse the existing Wimbledon to Streatham rail route which could bring multiple benefits including (a) minimising the extensive disruption to Wimbledon town centre currently proposed by crossrail 2 (b) provide for a cheaper overall solution by keeping more of the route overground (c) relieve the Thameslink corridor by terminating more trains in Blackfriars as originally proposed by that programme without compromising the transport provision to Streatham 3. There are significant railway lands between Streatham and Streatham Common stations - an underground Crossrail 2 station straddling both stations (like that proposed for Euston/KingsX) could maximise the cost effective use of these lands, and provide a link for outbound journeys south to Gatwick and Brighton (relieving Clapham Junction in the process). A multistory park and ride facility is also possible here with considerable potential to relieve the A23. 4. The area around the current Streatham station has also significant space for further development, e.g. the former Morrisons store and the legacy government office buildings housing the Jobcentre plus.