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Government underlines its commitment to Crossrail

Crossrail this week received renewed government and political support as international delegates at the 2009 FIDIC conference in London heard how the project was central to the UK’s sustainable public transport strategy.

Transport minister Chris Mole told delegates that the government was committed to Crossrail and described it as the “most ambitious and the biggest project in Europe” and part of the UK low carbon transport transition plan.

“Efficient and effective infrastructure is key to any country’s economy,” he said.

“It is absolutely essential that the project goes ahead and that there are no cuts in the budget. When you are in a financial hole, keep digging.”

Dee Doocey, Liberal Democrat London Assembly

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Dee Doocey described Crossrail as vital if London was to meet the sustainable transport needs of its increasing population. “It is absolutely essential that the project goes ahead and that there are no cuts in the budget,” she said. “When you are in a financial hole, keep digging.”

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan confirmed that the project was still on track for tunnelling to start in 2011 ahead of a 2017 completion date and that the £15.9bn budget remained intact.

  • NCE’s special issue on the Crossrail project Vision to reality is published with NCE next week.

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