MD2216 Woolwich Crossrail Station Fit Out

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD2216
Date signed: 
18 January 2018
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

This decision form asks the Mayor to approve a £5m contribution from the Greater London Authority to Transport for London for the Woolwich Crossrail Station Project. The contribution will be made on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, representing funding awarded to the borough through the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund.

The funding will support the fit out of the new Crossrail Station Box, to be completed in late 2018.  The new station will unlock 11,000 residential units and 5,000 new jobs.

The GLA will make the contribution to TfL in March 2019 and TfL will in turn provide the funding to Crossrail as project lead.

 


 

Decision

That the Mayor approves a £5million capital grant from the GLA to Transport for London to fund the Woolwich Crossrail station fit out.

 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1    The original Crossrail scheme did not include a station at Woolwich. After the Commons Committee stage, the Government agreed to amend the bill so that powers for a Woolwich station were included, but emphasised that there would be no additional public money. The Department for Transport (DfT) entered into an agreement for the box construction with Berkeley Homes (BH) but the fit-out arrangements were left open.  The expectation was, at that time, that a solution would be based on developer contributions and private finance.  The economic downturn created weaker conditions in which a case for private sector investment could be made.

1.2    An agreement was reached with BH and Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) in 2013 for the construction of the station box, but funding was still required to fit out the station (allowing trains to stop at the station from the commencement of a Crossrail service).

1.3    RBG was identified as a recipient of Mayor’s Regeneration Fund funding in late 2011. The borough indicated that the Woolwich Crossrail station was the priority project for funding. A package of funding has been put together to meet the cost of the fit out, which includes a £5m grant funding contribution from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund.

1.4    A funding package was developed by partners including TfL, DfT, Crossrail Limited (CRL, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL), BH and RBG. All funding agreements with additional parties were finalised and executed by TfL in 2013 following TfL board approval. The £5m GLA funding contribution remains outstanding.

1.5    The station fit out contract is 75 per cent complete and on target for handover in summer 2018. The anticipated final cost for the station fit out, as reported by Crossrail, is currently circa £125m with £97m spent to date. While the anticipated final cost is higher than the £79m initially budgeted, Crossrail took on the risk of additional cost increases and thus are managing the cost overrun within their overall budget envelope. Therefore, the agreed funding contributions, including the £5m from the GLA, remain unaffected and will do so regardless of the final cost outturn.

 

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    The investment will support economic development and population growth in Woolwich. In particular, it will have the following impacts:
•    reduced journey times between Woolwich and central London 
•    unlock 11,100 residential dwellings 
•    71,300 sq. metres of new office floor space 
•    129,000 sq. metres of new retail leisure space 
•    43,400 sq. metres of new alternative floor space 
•    5,000 new jobs
•    net revenues of approximately £12m per annum by 2022

2.2    The construction of the station box began in 2014 and is due to be completed in 2018. Crossrail has pre-funded the capital expenditure over and above its own assumed budget and contingency contributions to the project. This is prior to the receipt of the third party contributions, to be made via TfL payment in 2018/19. Therefore, it is proposed that the GLA contribution be made to TfL, who are overseeing the project on behalf of the TfL family, in that same year.

2.3    Operating and maintenance costs are assumed to be £4.5m per annum, these costs are already factored into the TfL Business Plan.

 

Equality comments

3.1     The powers to construct the station were secured via the Crossrail Act 2008 and there was extensive consultation throughout the Bill process and via the parliamentary select committee.  Furthermore, the station development and fit out was subject to further consultation via the Borough when detailed planning permission was sought.

3.2     The Bill was subject to a process of ongoing assessment to consider the equality impacts of the proposals. Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) were undertaken as variations to the Bill were passed, specifically assessing the permanent and temporary impacts created or eliminated and how these were considered to impact groups with protected characteristics. The EqIA methodology sought to ensure that the Crossrail project is equitable and inclusive for all communities, whilst complying with then current and planned equality legislation. In respect to Woolwich, the EqIA found that the new Crossrail station, with step-free access, would provide significant benefits to people with reduced mobility and will improve accessibility to employment opportunities outside the local area and attract new employment opportunities to Woolwich. The EqIA also identified additional impacts of the scheme on the surrounding environment during construction. A range of mitigating measures have been put in place to minimise any temporary impact for the identified impacted groups, people with reduced mobility and older people.

3.3    In bidding for Mayor’s Regeneration Funding, RBG set out a case a case for investment in Woolwich that would unlock regeneration opportunities, increase the economic vitality of Woolwich Town Centre and address issues of concentrated deprivation. The communities within Woolwich lie within the bottom 20% of wards in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation and score particularly poorly in crime and disorder, access to housing and income indicators. Economic activity rates are lower than the London average reflecting relative levels of deprivation and low skills. A focus of development on retail and residential, aided by the Crossrail station, will help address some of the socio-economic weaknesses of Woolwich.
 

Other considerations

4.1    The project is being delivered by CRL as part of their programme of station investments minimising any risk to the GLA. The GLA contribution has been identified as a one-off contribution towards the costs of the third partner funding package, which includes BH, RBG and TfL. TfL is overseeing the scheme on behalf of the TfL group. Funding is required in 2018/19 financial year to meet TfL’s cash flow model.

 

Financial comments

5.1    The proposed £5m contribution to TfL will be funded via a revenue contribution to capital, specifically from the Capital Programme Reserve in the 2018/19 financial year. 

 

Planned delivery approach and next steps

 

Activity

Timeline

Station urban realm works commence

Early ‘18

Station handover to operator

By August ‘18

GLA grant make to TfL

Mar ‘19

TfL contribution to Crossrail

March 19