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Crossrail frustration

Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden this week described the lack of a finished specification for the project as “a constant source of frustration”.

Holden said that the lack of confirmation for a planned station at Woolwich was an example of where the project scope had not yet been settled – something he described as “not a recipe for success”.

Speaking at last week’s NCE Rail Summit, he said that he was waiting for the project’s sponsors – the Department for Transport and Transport for London – to confirm the funding arrangements for this station, which he hoped would follow the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October.

However, he added: “Those decisions should have been made during the Parliamentary process. It should have been the end of it when the Crossrail Act was signed by the Monarch.”

The project has total available funding of £15.9bn.

“In July 2008 we got Royal Assent for the Crossrail Act, and more than two years on from that we’re still arguing about how many stations [there will be] and where theyshould be,” said Holden.

“That’s not a recipe for success, and the politicians need to understand this.”

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