Labour MP for the Nottinghamshire constituency of Bassetlaw John Mann has called for MPs to debate the prospect of scrapping the £15.9bn Crossrail project.
Mann has oulined his case in an early day motion (EDM). It calls for a debate on whether the £15.9bn investment would be better spread around the UK, rather than centred on London.
“That this House believes that in the current financial climate, investment should be nationwide; notes that Crossrail is costing £15.9 billion with £5 billion coming from the Department for Transport’s budget; and calls for Crossrail to be cancelled in favour of transport improvements that benefit the whole of the country,” says the motion.
EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.
Mann’s motion has yet to attract any support from other MPs.