BACKERS OF London's £10bn Crossrail scheme have warned the Corporation of London that its demands for more station capacity at Liverpool Street risk killing the project.
The Corporation wants Crossrail promoter Cross London Rail Link (CLRL) to reinstate plans for an eastern ticket hall at Liverpool Street, which were quietly dropped early last year.
But in giving evidence to the Commons Crossrail bill select committee on Tuesday, CLRL's QC Natalie Lieven warned the Corporation: 'If you heap too much cost on Crossrail you increase the risk of it not happening'.
She added that building an additional Crossrail ticket hall amounted to 'asking Crossrail to pay for the consequences of unrestrained growth in the City'.
But Corporation highways and transportation director Joe Weiss said: 'It's not a matter of cost but of putting cost in the right areas.
'At the busiest station in the UK extra work should be done to bring it up to the required standard.' The number of passengers using Liverpool Street Station is expected to increase by 50% in the next decade.
CLRL proposes that Crossrail passengers share Liverpool Street Station's existing London Underground concourse.
. Multi-disciplinary design contracts for Crossrail's four main work packages will be let in February and March, project manager Keith Berryman confirmed this week. The four winning consultants will work with lead project developer Bechtel to work up designs for the new railway. Berryman added that it was likely contractors would be brought in early to take the project through to detailed design.