Extending Crossrail to Reading, as proposed today by transport secretary Lord Adonis could give provide more funding options and keep it ‘on track’, according to the London Assembly’s Conservative transport spokesman, Richard Tracey.
Adonis said that the electrification of the West Coast Main Line as far as Swansea could be the catalyst to extend Crossrail west from Maidenhead to Reading.
Mr Tracey said: “News that the Government is looking to extend Crossrail westwards to Reading underlines the strategic importance of the project. If it happens, the line to Reading would become a rail corridor from which vast numbers of people would benefit.
“Given that, I call upon the Mayor to make sure that all those who tangibly benefit from Crossrail contribute to its construction.
“This, I believe could be very effective in ensuring the scheme stays on track,” he said.