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Romford Crossrail depot scrapped

PROMOTERS of London's £10bn Crossrail scheme have scrapped plans for a depot in Romford in order to appease local councillors.

Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) will now build its main depot in Shepherds Bush, west London.

Rail minister Derek Twigg made the announcement in a written statement to Parliament last week. 'The Government is aware of the concerns that have been expressed by the London Borough of Havering and others in the borough about the impacts of the proposed Crossrail train depot at Romford, ' he said.

'Following a fundamental review of its depot strategy, in the light of changes in the occupation and expected future use of existing depots, CLRL has concluded that it is possible for Crossrail to operate entirely from the existing rail depots at Old Oak Common in west London and Ilford in east London.'

CLRL said that the Old Oak Common site had been freed up by the decision to move Eurostar trains to Temple Mills in Leyton.

Moving its depot to the site will save £80M because less work needs to be done on track alignment.

An amendment to the Crossrail Bill reflecting the revised strategy, along with revisions to the tunnelling strategy already announced, will be published in the autumn.

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