A business case for the redevelopment
of Clapham Junction railway station will be submitted by Network Rail by the
end of this year, it is reported.
As well as reworking the
station, including provision for any potential future Crossrail 2 railway line,
there could be proposals for an ‘oversite development’ with up to 2m sq ft of
commercial development and new homes.
Network Rail Development Director Stuart Kirkwood has said that a number of different options involving different levels of investment are being considered: “The next stage for us is to see if we can convince government that actually the comprehensive solution of decking above the railway providing a substantial number of homes, and maybe up to 2m sq ft of commercial space is the right solution.
“Inevitably that’s expensive and then you get into the fact that government has to weigh up the different spending requirements from various very different sectors.”
Clapham Junction in south London is the busiest railway station in the UK for interchange passengers, ie. those transferring between services, with around 30m annually. Any redevelopment here could be a substantial construction project, as well as presenting a substantial commercial opportunity.