Crossrail gets approval from Government
New proposals suggest range of options for local Crossrail services
Transport Secretary has given his approval for the ambitious Crossrail project to proceed. The £10 billion link could carry 200,000 people during the morning peak and will make trips between East and West London much more convenient.
There was disappointment however when the Government revealed that it was very unlikely that the project would be ready in time for the Olympics in 2012. With rival bidders such as New York and Paris already with necessary infrastructure in place or in the process of construction, London's poor transport infrastructure seems likely to thwart the bid. Some observers see this as a deliberate snub to the Mayor who has campaigned hard for Crossrail in the hope that it would become a cornerstone of the Olympic bid.
Mayor Ken Livingstone pulled no punches in his reaction claiming it was still possible to build the link before the games saying, "If the Secretary of State got off his arse and pushed the Bill through, we could start some time towards the end of 2004 or 2005, we would have a chance,"
The project is being taken forward by Cross London Rail Links - a joint venture company formed by Transport for London (TfL) and the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA).
would require the building of a deep underground tunnel across central
London which would dramatically reduce journey times between east and
west London. Although Acton Mainline station has been included on the
plans for Crossrail there is some concern that when the service is introduced
it may not stop at this station. The recently announced service from Paddington
to Heathrow funded by BAA which is to be introduced next year will not
be serving Acton Mainline. The service which duplicates the route of the
Heathrow Express but serves more stations would have provided a fast link
for Acton with central London and Heathrow.
the Council suggests that the tunnel could be extended to emerge at the
back of the Chiswick Business Park at which point the line would join
the freight spur that links the North London line and the Hounslow Loop.
Under this proposal, Crossrail trains would serve the proposed interchange
station at the business park before running through to Hounslow and Feltham
instead of Kingston and Norbiton.
July 16, 2003