Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Government axes 'value for money' Crossrail station


FORMER LOCAL government minister Nick Raynsford this week slammed the government for vetoing MPs' calls for a Crossrail station to be built at Woolwich in south London.

The government last week rejected calls from the Commons Crossrail Bill select committee to build the station, which were set out in a report on the project in July (NCE 3 August).

The select committee said the Woolwich station would provide 'exceptional value for money'. But the government has dropped it on cost grounds, saying it would add £200M to the project.

'It has the appearance of an entirely arbitrary decision, ' said Raynsford.

'In my view, it is unprecedented for the government to take a decision in this way, and I believe there will be repercussions. I believe the committee is not at all amused, and I do not believe this to be the end of the story, ' he said.

At £10bn Crossrail will link central London with Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west and Shen eld and Abbey Wood in the east. The government accepted the bulk of the remaining recommendations.

These included providing disabled access at Romford, replacing a footbridge at Westbourne Terrace and protecting two churches in Spital elds from noise and tunnelling vibration.

Assistance will also be given to people subject to compulsory purchase orders and more work will be done to assess the impact of the work on freight transport.

A Crossrail spokesman would not be drawn on whether the announcement meant the end of the Woolwich station.

'It is a ministerial decision.

We did some preliminary work but it is the government's decision at the end of the day.'

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.