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Transport secretary Alistair Darling last week used the opportunity of the topping out ceremony for Heathrow airport's new Terminal 5 to reiterate government support for another huge transport project - Crossrail. 'Terminal 5 is a truly magnificent building, ' he said. 'It will be part of a transport system for the 21st century.' He added: 'Good rail links such as Crossrail are much needed for the country's prosperity.' Darling and BAA chief executive Mike Clasper laid a small slab of concrete to celebrate the topping out milestone to the sound of muffled clapping from the hundreds of workers and guests attending, all wearing safety gloves.

BAA's £4.2bn terminal project is two thirds complete and, said T5 managing director Tony Douglas, 'is on time, on budget and we are hitting all our targets'. T5 will be able to handle 30M passengers a year when it opens in March 2008.

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