East London Line Extension

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0027
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

When do you expect a Ministerial decision to be made about the future of the East London line extensions? .

Answer

Answer for East London Line Extension

Answer for East London Line Extension

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

As you know, the project was supported in the Labour party manifesto, and I jointly launched work on it with the then Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Byers, and the Chairman of the SRA Richard Bowker as long ago as December 2001. Whilst it was clearly unhelpful to lose a year through the unsuccessful legal challenge, that problem has now been overcome. In July 2003, the Department for Transport endorsed the project. Therefore, whilst I do not have a firm timetable from Ministers, I have no reason to think there will not be a positive final decision from Government on the project shortly. .