|The Lib Dems backed the Turnpike Lane/Alexandra Palace station route for Crossrail 2 because we want to see the Palace flourish. We also believe Turnpike Lane needs regeneration and provides better interchanges, making it a better choice for Crossrail 2.
That is a view very clearly backed by local residents who responded to the Crossrail 2 consultation.
In the Crossrail 2 consultation:
· 85% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Turnpike Lane were supportive
· 80% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Alexandra Palace were supportive
· In comparison only 28% of comments received about a Crossrail 2 Station at Wood Green were supportive, with 68% of comments expressing concerns
The results are very similar to our Lib Dem survey of local residents which found 78.5% of local residents who responded, backed the Alexandra Palace/Turnpike Lane route and only 21.5% backed the Wood Green Station route.
I hope Crossrail 2, the Conservative Government and Labour-run Haringey Council will listen to the public. The Labour-run Council have been arguing for Crossrail to run through Wood Green Station. The National Infrastructure Commission has suggested delaying the local branch of Crossrail 2 but we think it should go ahead as originally planned with stations at Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane.
Haringey Lib Dems also raised concerns about the plans for a construction shaft on Downhills Park and the impact it will have on local residents. We have urged Crossrail 2 to consider alternative locations on brownfield sites in the area and to limit the impact of construction work on local residents. In the Crossrail 2 Consultation report, 74% of comments on the shaft raised concerns.
We will continue to keep you up to date on developments with Crossrail 2.
Cllr Gail Engert
Haringey Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition