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No government cash for Woolwich Crossrail station fit out

Transport secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that no government funds will be made available to pay for the fit out of the Crossrail Woolwich station box.

Berkeley Homes last week confimed that it will fund the construction of the box itself.

It will pay £100M to build the 291m long by 23.5m wide and 17m deep box.

Last week Hammond confirmed that private developers will also have to pay to fit out the box and make it operational as a station.

“In due course, fit-out of the Woolwich station box would be required to bring it to operational status.

“The government are clear that, in line with the 2007 agreement, no additional public sector contribution can be made available to fund the fit-out of the station box. Instead, the fit-out is conditional on receiving sufficient funding contributions from developers and businesses operating in the area,” he said.

“Berkeley Homes has an obligation to enter into discussions with the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Crossrail and Greenwich Council, in order to provide for the subsequent fitting-out of the station box.

“All parties, including Berkeley Homes, have made it clear that they understand and support this position.”

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