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Developer could saves Crossrail station

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Housebuilder Berkeley Homes could save the Crossrail station at Woolwich in south London from the axe by helping to fund its construction.

Its plan forms part of new proposals for the station submitted to the Crossrail Bill committee on Tuesday.

According to a Department for Transport statement, 'The London Borough of Greenwich and Berkeley Homes met the Department and [Crossrail promoter] Cross London Rail Links recently to discuss proposals for resolving the issues around funding of a station.' The two parties are 'now developing these proposals in more detail for the Department to appraise.' Should the plans be approved, the cost of building Woolwich station could be met without affecting Crossrail's budget.

The idea of a developer contributing to the station cost was proposed by Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford (NCE 9 November 2006).

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