The announcement that Crossrail is to be given backing by the government is very good news for the construction and rail industries but the big hurdle of funding still remains.
At a meeting at the ICE last November on the evolution of Crossrail it was stated that the station tunnels would be 245m long to accommodate ten 20mcar trains. The previous design, dating back to the Conservative announcement in October 1990, was for station tunnel lengths of 280m and 12-car trains.
With the Heathrow Express now running ten 23m-car trains and One Group running twelve 20m-car trains into Liverpool Street it would seem this leaves no room for any future growth.
The rail industry is looking at the implications of running 26m long coaches on the system and while I understand the need to keep the costs down, the central tunnel section should be built with future growth in mind.
Let us not commit future generations to a major transport artery through the centre of London that cannot be economically expanded.
Brunel, I think, would have a great deal to say at this lack of foresight.
Peter JH Smith (M), pjhsmith@ukgateway. net