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Johnson: Canning Crossrail would be ‘barmy’

London mayor Boris Johnson this week hammered home his support for Crossrail, saying the project would go ahead even though Conservative Party leader David Cameron has failed to give firm guarantees about its future ahead the General Election.

“There seemed to be a mantra in the body politic of this country to drop Crossrail. I felt very strongly that that was wrong,” Johnson told the London Assembly’s transport committee.

“There seemed to be a mantra in the body politic to drop Crossrail. I felt very strongly that that was wrong.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Johnson’s comments followed the release last week of the draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy document which outlines his vision for the next 20 years. In it, delivering Crossrail is cited as one of the key priorities for the capital.

Johnson refused to confirm whether he had received a cast iron guarantee of its future from Cameron. The Conservative Party has said the £15.9bn scheme, along with all major infrastructure schemes, would be subject to review if it came to power next year.

He said any government would be “barmy” not to build Crossrail.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Crossrail will provide an important link east-west across London and passengers arriving at Paddington a trouble-free way of getting to The City. This is a long overdue improvement to transport across central London. The equivalent link has long been available in cities such as Paris, Brussels, Madrid,Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, and Beijing. If we do not want London to become a second class city we must build Crossrail and Thameslink as quickly as we can.
    Iain Frew.

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