PROMOTERS OF London's £10bn Crossrail scheme suffered a blow this week when a committee of MPs ordered them to add one station and carry out a major upgrade to another.
The MPs want the extra station built at Woolwich and they want Liverpool Street Station to have a major upgrade.
Crossrail select committee chairman Alan Meale described the interim ruling as 'bad news' for promoter Cross London Rail Links (CLRL). The committee has been hearing petitions against the scheme as part of its consideration of the hybrid bill which will enable Crossrail to be built. The committee issued its interim decisions last week before the Government brings forward a third set of amendments to the Bill.
'We have decided to make the following interim decisions of the committee public at this time in order to allow the government to undertake the necessary work to bring some amendments forward as we do not accept that the current proposals in the bill as they are presently devised are sufficient for the success of this important scheme, ' said Meale.
Meale detailed a raft of extras which must be added to the project.
At Liverpool Street Station the committee rejected CLRL's plan to provide limited capacity improvements and carry out further work if demand grew (NCE 6 July 2006).
nstead, it backed the Corporation of London's argument for enhanced ticket hall facilities to be built from the outset.
Meale said that the committee was 'clearly convinced of the essential need for a Crossrail station in Woolwich', an area that includes some of the poorest wards in the UK.
He also ordered CLRL to draw up a better compensation package for Smithfield Market tenants, in the City of London. And he asked CLRL to fi nd an alternative to knocking down an historic building on Charterhouse Street.
CLRL was unavailable to comment on the impact of the committee's demands on scheme costs.
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