Crossrail 2: Dalston set for new station after George Osborne gives go-ahead in Budget
PUBLISHED: 18:02 16 March 2016
Dalston is set to get a new railway station after Chancellor George Osborne signed off the multi-billion pound Crossrail 2 project in his Budget.
The £27bn railway will link Hertfordshire to Surrey, passing through the borough.
But the prospect of a new Dalston station has caused uproar among residents and shopkeepers, whose homes and businesses could be demolished.
The NatWest building in Kingsland High Street, and Bradbury Street in Dalston are two of five spots that Transport for London (TfL) says it needs for the project, which is expected to launch in 2020.
Last month, families and shops accused Crossrail 2 bosses of “blighting” their lives at a heated public meeting.
People who live and work in the street have been told their homes and businesses could be destroyed to make way for the ticket hall of the new station, but said they had not been told when or if it was happening.
The company formally apologised for the lack of communication at the February meeting – but was still unable to give firm answers.
However, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott told the Gazette last week that she had met with TfL bosses to discuss the impact plans would have on the area.
She said: “They said they were actively looking at moving the ticket hall to where Kingsland Shopping Centre is, and are talking to the council and to the freeholder.
“If it was to move there it would be a reprieve for Bradbury Street.”
Check the Gazette’s website in the coming days for more on the impact of Crossrail 2.