To be able to cope with its growing population and given that Streatham is a prime area for young professionals to buy in (ranking above Tooting and Balham): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-3645105/Do-live-one-20-best-places-UK-young-professionals-asks-Lloyds-Bank.html transport in Streatham MUST be improved. Firstly existing rail services must be made to run properly. Currently the service from all 3 stations is appallingly bad. The number of complaints from aggrieved passengers simply does not match any remedial action being taken (if indeed there is any being taken at all- I have seen no evidence that it is). Secondly we need new infrastructure to give commuters alternative routes into central London to ease congestion on the existing -wholly unreliable - train services and the overcrowded buses running up and down the A23 to try to meet demand from the Streatham population to get on to a reliable train network i.e.The Tube. It's obvious what needs to change- we need CR2. I despair that no action is in fact being taken by the relevant authorities to make any improvements whatsoever.
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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.
Streatham has been overlooked for additional transport links for decades, Underground, Overground and Crossrail. The population has continued to grow, and the trains stations and trains that serve the three Railway stations have become very crowded. The compound effect of this and the appalling service provided to Streatham stations by Southern Rail and Thameslink in recent months means that travelling to and from any of the three stations in streatham has become unacceptable. Other candidates for CR2 - Tooting and Balham - are already served by both train and underground services aplenty.
Streatham high road is geared for buses coming in from all areas around streatham. This will make it easier for people to get to the proposed area for the cross rail station, compared to the heavily congested junction and Tooting Broadway.
Crossrail 2 would be a huge benefit to Streatham, much more so than Balham or Tooting which are already serviced by main line links as well as the Northern Line. The very simple question, do Balham and Tooting need their infrastructure improved to the same extent as Streatham? I think that facts would suggest not. Streatham residents currently have the choice between 3 very overcrowded mainline train stations, or catching a bus to Tooting/Brixton to join the tube network. (I am in the latter category). If the goal is to alleviate congestion on these two main tube lines (Northern & Victoria), then Crossrail 2 in Streatham would achieve that. If the goal is to alleviate congestion on Streatham's three main line stations, Crosrail 2 in Streatham would achieve that as well. Streatham has seen a huge increase in residents over the last 5 years, with multiple developments across the high street due to deliver dozens of new homes over the next few years to add further to this. Streatham has not received (so far) equal attention to its transport links to support this growth. Crossrail 2 in Tooting/Balham would add no *significant* benefit, the transport links in those areas are already very strong. Crossrail 2 in Streatham would bring much needed relief to the already overcrowded local transport links, as well as relief to the adjacent transport links which Streatham residents are forced to use through lack of their own. Streatham is currently so close to 21st century London life, but all the while so far. Crossrail 2 in Streatham would close this gap and secure it as a successful and thriving suburb.