Former minister for local government and the regions Nick Raynsford slammed the government this week for vetoing a select committee recommendation to build a Crossrail station at Woolwich.
'It has the appearance of an entirely arbitary decision. The select committee has asked for the building of the Woolwich station. 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.The Crossrail Bill Select Committee recommended that the Woolwich station be built in its report on the project in July. The government this week responded and said the station should not be included.At £10bn Crossrail will link central London with Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.While the Bill Select Committee believed the Woolwich station would provide 'exceptional value for money', the government has dropped it on cost grounds, saying it would add £200M to the project.