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The current Crossrail scheme is becoming a farce and surely cannot be taken to an enabling bill with any confidence (NCE last week).

In the last few months we have seen the Paddington to Richmond/Kingston section scrapped, an extension to Maidenhead added and now the Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet section withdrawn.

Just compare the Crossrail scheme with Thameslink 2000.

Both have 24 trains per hour in each direction in the peak hour but Crossrail will serve 31 stations compared with Thameslink 2000's 168.

Crossrail serves one town of significance outside London compared with 15 for Thameslink 2000.

There is no logic to the Crossrail project as it currently stands, compared to Thameslink 2000 which is building on proven success.

The answer is to link the Great Eastern Line, the West Coast Main Line and the Heathrow Express route with a range of fast, semi fast and local services. This would bring the lines out to Ipswich and Southend and Milton Keynes and Northampton directly into the Crossrail network.

Jim Middleton, 5 Crab Tree Close, Olney, Bucks, MK46 5DU

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