Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
October 17, 2001
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Would you consider supporting Crystal Palace now as an alternative venue, given your view about Picketts Lock? What about Crystal Palace and the proposals that are now coming from there?

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Answer

Answer for Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I made the case strongly to successive Sports Ministers that there should be a fallback from Picketts Lock, and we should start thinking in terms of what could be done at Crystal Palace. Rather specious arguments are raised that athletes do not like it. I doubt whether athletes' views are ever predominant in these great decisions anyway, quite frankly. We are told that it is bad for public transport. It is a much better public transport site than Picketts Lock was ever going to be. If we were given the go-ahead to begin the upgrade on Thameslink 2000, certainly by 2007 we should be able dramatically to improve train service reliability to Crystal Palace for such an event. So, whenever I meet Ministers, I will continue to press the case that, recognising that we have a major asset at Crystal Palace, it should be developed and expanded.