Dismisses chances of West London spur being built
of plans to link South West London to the main Crossrail line look increasingly
remote after the Mayor said they would never happen. Ken Livingstone made
the surprising statement during an interview on BBC Radio London this
The Mayor was responding to an e-mail question from a Susan who said she
was writing on behalf of the people of 'Stamford Brook and Turnham Green'.
She claimed that residents were not being told what the impact of the
tunnelling would be and that no mention had been made of compensation
for people whose homes Crossrail went underneath.
Ken Livingstone said in reply, "I don't think there ever will be
a Crossrail going under your homes. I suspect you should stop worrying
about this problem"
The Mayor referred to local opposition which he felt ruled out the chances
of the 5.2 km between Paddington and Chiswick ever being built. The tunnel
would have linked the new Crossrail tracks at Paddington to the existing
He said, "My view on this is that if people don't want a train line
built, that's fine, we will build it where people do." He suggested
that an extension to Crossrail was more likely to be built to Brent and
Harrow where 'people are clamouring for it'.
of the Corridor 6 Action Group, a federation of local residents' groups
which is lobbying the authorities on the issue said, "the Stamford
Brook problem is about getting the routing of the tunnels changed, to
avoid an area that was once a brickfields, where the ground could be unstable."
out that the Harrow/Watford Crossrail has been left out of the current
proposals by Crossrail to the Minister and said, "The Mayor of London
is unlikely to try to stop a transport improvement for residents and workers
that the Government thought was necessary and could be funded."
The Government is currently considering a report by Adrian Montague on
the Crossrail project. There has been much speculation in the Press that
the report will come out in favour of a slimmed down Crossrail project.