Crossrail 2 current status

Sarah made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,
This is a request about Crossrail 2.
(I know it's not what most people are thinking about right now, but it's connected because if Crossrail 2 is constructed according to the proposals in the consultation a few years ago it leaves me in a much worse position if a situation similar to Covid-19 happens again during construction or when the line is open.)
Please provide all documents and correspondence of Crossrail 2 produced since August 2018 and the answers to the following questions:
1 Have the proposals changed since the consultation?
2 What effect will Crossrail 2 have on interchange times between existing lines within existing stations, for example Overground to Victoria line?
3 Will Crossrail 2 have any effect on Lea Valley and adjacent green areas?
4 By how long would it increase Crossrail 2 journey times if there was an interchange to Stoke Newington station?
5 What are the estimated dates for construction?
Thank you in advance.
Yours faithfully,

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Sarah,


Our Ref:         FOI-3899-1920


Thank you for your request received on18 March 2020 asking for information
about Crossrail2.


As you are aware the Government announced new measures on 16 March 2020 to
tackle the Coronavirus. It is critical for London, and in particular for
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We have previously answered several requests regarding Crossrail2 and some
of our published responses may help you to refine your request or provide
you with the information you are seeking:




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Yours sincerely


Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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Dear FOI,
I apologize for not making my request clear enough. It's okay if the response only arrives once the coronavirus is under control and not within the usual FOI timeframe. I want documents and correspondence that's specific to Crossrail 2, not any email etc that mentions Crossrail 2 among a number of other projects. The information isn't urgent, so process this request once you're not short staffed.
Yours sincerely,
Sarah Gross

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Sarah

Thank you for your understand and withdrawing your request at this time. We will return to our normal process as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[TfL request email]

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