The government are considering cuts of almost a third to the Crossrail project, including scrapping stations and axing two branches of the line.
According to a report by Building Magazine (H/T @DaveHill)
All the options under consideration include:
- Dropping one of the planned central London stations
- Dropping or reducing some spurs outside central London, including the link to Canary Wharf and Abbey Wood in the east, and Maidenhead in the west
- Reducing the trains from 12 to 10 carriages, thereby minimising the size of stations
- Wide-ranging value engineering for the rest of the project.A source close to the process said: “The team is being asked to look at the whole scheme. If you took out both spurs and reduced the platforms and stations then they’re looking at £4-5bn of cuts.”
The Mayor and Peter Hendy are currently in "crunch talks" with the new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond about the project according to the Standard.
Building.co.uk quotes former Tory Mayoral candidate and current TfL board member Steve Norris as saying:
"If you’re going to cut Abbey Wood or Maidenhead you might as well shelve the whole lot."
Please Steve, don't give them any ideas.
-Update- Crossrail officials say that claims about cuts of a third are "way off the mark." Is this all about expectation management?