No vote was taken on amendments to the Crossrail Bill last night, but government has decided to withdrawn its veto, allowing the Crossrail Bill Select Committee to make amendments to the final bill.
This decision is a victory for Labour MP for Woolwich and Greenwich Nick Raynsford who has campaigned tirelessly for a station at Woolwich.As the committee has a final say on the outcome of the bill and fully supports a station at Woolwich, Raynsford decided to withdraw his amendment explicitly requesting a station at this stage of the bill.The committee and government have now agreed to look again at the Woolwich station and its cost. If the cost becomes low enough, then the Woolwich station seems likely to be approved by the government.Raynsford spoke to NCE
, explaining that the area around the Woolwich station was ripe for development and that this could tip the decision in Woolwich's favour. 'I am confident we can demonstrate cost savings, if not through engineering, then through offsetting costs under section 106,' he said.The vote will now be deferred until the new year.