Crossrail

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0020
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

Before Christmas you described Crossrail as "hanging by a thread". In the light of your discussions since then (especially with the Montague review) have you changed this pessimistic view? .

Answer

Answer for Crossrail

Answer for Crossrail

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The comment referred to Corridor 6 (Richmond & Kingston option) rather than the Crossrail scheme as a whole.There is no doubt that London needs Crossrail. Londoners say so, businesses say so, and the Government says so. However, the Government is naturally concerned that the schemes affordability, fundability, and deliverability is carefully reviewed. This is the work that the Montague review is carrying out and I believe that Adrian Montague fully understands the need for the scheme. All current indications are that the business case submitted by CLRL last year is sound, and that given appropriate support, both financially and politically, the project should become a reality. London needs Crossrail, and we all need to press for a swift decision by Government to achieve Bill submission, and eventually the opening of this strategic service. .