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Compromising position


While I can endorse much of the sentiment contained in your news item 'Compromise to settle Crossrail row' (NCE 15 November), I must take issue with the headline use of the term 'compromise'.

It is true to say that the Corporation of London and Canary Wharf Group are making headway on an agreed position. However, it is wholly incorrect to suggest that the proposed route is in any way a compromise.

The route option your correspondent refers to incorporates the existing route to Stratford, a branch to the Isle of Dogs and an interchange with the Underground at Whitechapel. It has been developed after careful consideration of the many factors affecting rail development and represents the pre-eminent option for East London.

The government has committed £154M to prepare the project. It is Crossrail's job to ensure that the chosen route is not a compromise but represents the best solution for this nationally important rail scheme.

Keith Berryman, acting chief executive, Crossrail, Telstar House, London W2 6LG

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