A weekly newspaper’s 5,000-strong petition opposing a rail project which would “destroy” a town centre on its patch has been handed over to Boris Johnson’s number two.
Current plans by Transport for London for the route include a revamp of Wimbledon railway station, which would mean the demolition of large parts of Wimbledon town centre.
It is estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 jobs would be lost or displaced as a result, with 60pc of a local shopping centre demolished along with buildings including a pub, care home and church.
The multi-million pound plans would mean up to ten years of disruption for residents and businesses, and some could be set to lose their homes.
The petition was presented at City Hall by news editor Becky Middleton and reporter Pippa Allen-Kinross, who both organised the campaign.
Said Becky: “I am delighted more than 5,000 people from around the world have supported the Wimbledon Guardian’s petition to save the town centre from Crossrail 2.
“On receiving the petition at City Hall on Thursday, the deputy mayor of London Roger Evans said it was one of the biggest petitions he had ever seen.
“We want to see a comprehensive and realistic plan from Transport for London that benefits, not destroys, our town centre.”