Sitting just outside London is a large town desperate for a Tube station.
Being related to the Underground system plugs the realm into the town in a means a practice station cannot whereas additionally giving home costs a a lot appreciated increase.
For many locations, getting a Tube station is a ridiculous thought however for Harlow in Essex it appears very cheap, argues EssexReside.
There are Tube stations inside the Essex boundary together with Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, Theydon Bois and Epping, all on the Central line.
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Brentwood and Shenfield are additionally now a part of the Tube map, as a part of the Elizabeth line extension set to open within the coming years.
With this growth, and the ever increasing commuter belt, it is clear that the London Underground will steadily encroach into Essex within the subsequent few a long time.
There are loads of the reason why the town in West Essex needs to be thought-about for its personal Tube station.
First, and most blatant, is the geographic location of the town.
If you observe the Central line upwards from Epping, the subsequent main town is Harlow.
Of course, the Central line used to exit previous Epping, out east to North Weald and Ongar.
However, with the speedy development of Harlow in latest a long time – a new town constructed after World War II – it will make way more sense to go to Harlow as an alternative, if the Central line ever was prolonged.
Harlow is just 5 miles from Epping, and has roughly 90,000 residents.
Currently, the one connection between London and Harlow is the Greater Anglia line, which heads into London Liverpool Street station.
If the Central line was prolonged to Harlow, there could be an alternate direct route into the capital, in addition to having higher connections to the close by Epping Forest cities like Loughton and Epping.
It would create a sensible alternative not solely for commuters from Harlow to London, but additionally for cities close to Harlow and vice versa.
In addition, it will make an present bus service between Harlow and Epping Tube station out of date, taking extra visitors off the roads and serving to the setting.
On prime of this, Harlow is on a practice line to London Stansted Airport.
If the Tube was prolonged to Harlow, it will make it simpler for many Londoners to journey there if different providers are affected.
Many individuals will say that Harlow is simply too distant from Central London to be thought-about for a London Underground station.
After all, it is roughly 20 miles from Blackfriars Station on the banks of the River Thames.
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But once you evaluate it to different Underground terminals, that begins to look quite a brief distance.
For instance, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, is the terminus of the Metropolitan line, and is 24 miles away from Blackfriars.
Reading in Berkshire – the brand new western terminus of the Elizabeth Line – is a whopping 38 miles away.
It makes Harlow seem like a cheap alternative, particularly with Brentwood and Shenfield added to the map previously 5 years.
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Could it occur?
The thought of a new terminal connecting Harlow to London shouldn’t be a new one.
Crossrail 2 is being designed to run providers on a new route connecting North and South London, quite than East to West like Crossrail 1 (AKA the Elizabeth line).
When this plan initially started, Harlow Council introduced their curiosity in turning into a Crossrail 2 station.
They needed to be the terminus station for Crossrail 2, which was deliberate on the time to run between Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and Epsom in Surrey.
This utility was formally submitted in 2018, however the delays of the Elizabeth line and the extremely controversial High Speed 2 rail hyperlink has meant that Crossrail 2’s improvement has been markedly slower than its predecessor.
This is regardless of a route map being printed again in 2015 – sadly with Harlow not on it.
The Crossrail 2 undertaking has been on the shelf since 2018, with none clear authorities price range assigned to the scheme since.
And the newest plans do not appear to incorporate Harlow in any respect.
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It looks like any hope Harlow has of getting a Tube station sooner or later lies on the re-emergence of the Crossrail 2 scheme, which certainly depends on the success of different main rail tasks.
There’s additionally no proof but that a Central line extension is on the playing cards.
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