Capacity Enhancement Projects (Supplementary) [12]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Bob Neill
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

I am grateful for that. Perhaps we can follow up some of those specific points on funding outside the meeting? I am happy to do that. I know, for the record, that TfL remain very firmly committed to the Woolwich station; that is very important to my constituents.

That was the other point I wanted to raise. If you put aside the question of the Woolwich station, my reading of the Plan does not suggest there is very much for people in South East London. The Thameslink upgrade is the one thing that might be of use. Can I just make one point? You and I have talked in the past about the question of orbital links in South East London. There is a reference to Orbirail, but that is essentially north of the river. There still remains a yawning gap between the tram link stopping at Beckenham and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stopping at Lewisham. In the long term, are we still going to look at something to try and bridge that gap, which both Bromley and Lewisham Councils would very strongly support?

Answer

Answer for Capacity Enhancement Projects (Supplementary) [12]

Answer for Capacity Enhancement Projects (Supplementary) [12]

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

So far as Woolwich goes, I know that following the debate in the House of Commons, which I am sure you followed closely, I have seen the letter that Douglas Alexander sent to Doug Oakervee of Crossrail asking him to urgently re-examine the costs of providing a station at Woolwich and to look at changes to the engineering specification which would allow such a station to be built more cheaply. Somebody quoted £186 million, which I think is as near on the back of a fag packet as any other civil engineering calculation I have seen. That does need to be confirmed.

Equally, I think the Secretary of State is very anxious not to delay the Bill as it goes through the two Houses, and we are very keen, also, not to have it delayed. I think there is sympathy for the provision of a station providing that the cost of building it does not break the scheme and providing that it does not delay the scheme either.

I know that Doug Oakervee is working hard on it and I think there is a Crossrail Board meeting next week; I am hoping for some answers.

So far as Thameslink goes, Thameslink is right at the top of both Network Rail's list of things that they want to do for their network in London and what we would like to see as well. It is long overdue. The powers for it are now there. It is funding that it needs to start.

As far as orbital links in South East London go, I had probably better drop you a line rather than answer that in detail.