HARINGEY Council is backing plans to build a new rail station – but the plans have been dubbed “misguided.”

Crossrail 2 plans to build one single station in Wood Green, near to the current Piccadilly line Tube station at the north end of the High Road, that will be used for "faster" journey times instead of two separate stations at Turnpike Lane and Alexandra Palace.

It is part of their proposals to build four news stations at Wood Green, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale and Northumberland Park, in a bid to speed up rail journey times between Haringey, central and south west London.

The plans also will support the council’s 20 year regeneration plan to build 10,000 new homes and create 5,000 new jobs.

Claire Kober, Haringey Council leader, said: “It’s great to see progress on Crossrail 2 really starting to pick up speed, and we’ve been clear all along that this route would be a powerful economic driver for Haringey and the rest of the capital.

“While we know that many local people are keen to see stations at both Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane, on balance we believe a single landmark station in the very heart of Wood Green is the best option to secure its rightful future as one of London’s best town centres.”

Haringey Liberal Democrats recently held a survey to get public views on the proposed new lines and said that nearly 80 per cent of those who responded favoured the Alexandra Palace and Turnpike Lane route instead of having just one station in Wood Green.

Clive Carter, Lib Dem councillor for Highgate, has said the council's preferred option is “misguided.”

He said: "This decision is years away anyway, is not their decision and beside, TfL are likely to settle on their original route, which will be based on sound, public transport considerations and the needs to address public transport in all north London for at least 100 years.

"This will be based on enormous piles of data generated from Oyster cards and the like.

"In my opinion, TfL are merely humouring Haringey by including the single station route as an option.

"Haringey Council's option would short-change the Borough."

Transport for London will release a consultation report later this spring.