Solving the eternal mystery of Crystal palace

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your 8th August 2014 GLA broadcast message to staff you refer to "solving the eternal mystery of Crystal Palace". Do you think that this "mystery" might have been solved years ago if you had not dropped the project to extend the Tram to Crystal palace in 2008 and if you had not walked away from SUPPORTING the  "master plan" for upgrading the park  and instead thrown your weight behind a massive Chinese backed development for the park  which  will go well over the boundaries of the area of land designated for development in the Crystal Palace Act  and into protected green open land?


Answer for Solving the eternal mystery of Crystal palace

Answer for Solving the eternal mystery of Crystal palace

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To support growth across south London there is a case for extensions to the tram network.  Any schemes should have a strong business case and be able to secure third party financial support.  Subject to business cases and affordability, any additional scheme could be progressed towards the end of the TfL Business plan by utilising any remaining unallocated capital.

The GLA is committed to exploring the means through which the Crystal Palace Park masterplan can be delivered.  However, the cost of delivering the masterplan is significant and is currently estimated to be £80million therefore a large amount of investment needs to be generated if it is to be realised