How a Crossrail 2 station at Streatham would help alleviate the Northern and Victoria lines

Footfall increase at Balham overground station during the 6-year period between 2009-10 and 2014-15

As recent figures released by Southern Rail for the 2014-15 period indicate, Balham Station’s footfall numbers have themselves increased exponentially over the past six years and a CR2 station based at Streatham rather than at Balham would help to alleviate what are already significant pressure points at Balham, by means also of Streatham station assuming similar “strategic interchange” status to that already held by Balham. For instance, footfall level increases at Balham station over this most recent six-year period have almost exactly replicated the level of footfall increase over the same time period at Streatham station (approximately 54% vs 58.4% respectively).

How an additional CR 2 station at Streatham would help to alleviate crowding on the busiest sections of both the Northern and Victoria lines:

The addition of a CR2 station at Streatham would provide a desperately needed direct fast route to Central London and beyond for many thousands of people who currently travel from and through the Streatham area via the rail and bus networks to join the Northern line at Tooting Bec and Balham, as well as for those who travel by bus to the Victoria line at Brixton (please see below).

Estimates as to the extent of passenger alleviation from both the Northern and Victoria lines by the amenity of a CR2 station at Streatham, as part of the current proposed route, has never been modeled by CR2 and we would urge CR2 to undertake this modeling exercise.

It is Streatham Action’s belief that statistics relating to 2009-10 were probably the last available statistics to be utilized by TfL at the point when Streatham was last assessed for CR2 in 2011. Latest statistics relate specifically to the estimated number of passenger journeys made by bus per day up and down Streatham High Road to access the Victoria line at Brixton. This number is a massive 35,000 passenger journeys.

With a CR 2 station at Streatham linking with a reinstated CR2 station at Tooting Broadway, and thereby providing Northern line interchange availability to Streatham passengers at a more southerly point than Balham, this will then make it less likely that CR2 would actually serve to further load the Northern Line than if the interchange were to be at Balham.

Crossrail 2 in Streatham would:

  • provide fast access to central London

  • enable Streatham's young working age population to access jobs outside the area.

  • enable employees to reach work in Streatham, contributing to regeneration

  • provide access, via a reinstated CR 2 station at Tooting Broadway, to St George's Hospital for employees and patients, with

    • many employees residing in Streatham and currently having very slow bus journeys to work

    • Step-free journeys to the hospital thereby becoming possible.

  • relieve congestion in the A23 corridor.

  • reduce CO2 and pollution impacts of bus and motor transport on A23.

  • allow access to Streatham’s restaurant and leisure businesses, such as The Odeon Cinema, Hideaway jazz venue, Streatham’s new small theatre venue and the Streatham Ice and Leisure Complex, which was designed as a regional facility, but has subsequently been hobbled by poor transport access,though it is used by ice skaters representing both area and country such as:

    • Streatham Redskins Ice Hockey team, who compete at First Division level from their base at Streatham;

    • Ice dancers representing Great Britain in international competitions who travel to the rink from all over London every day.

  • obviate the need for motor car ownership and reduce pressure on parking:

    • Streatham has the highest level of car ownership in Lambeth and a declared Lambeth Council policy of reducing this and encouraging more people on to public transport. As a result of this, passenger numbers are likely to increase at an even higher rate then elsewhere, as this policy gains traction.

  • underpin the realisation of the great potential for new homes, shops, commercial and community space development in the area.

  • provide an unprecedented opportunity to give a sense of place and a destination to the Streatham Hub area.