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01/11/01
Crossed Swords Over Crossrail
- Canary Wharf and The City in transport dust-up

THE CITY of London is squaring up for a new turf battle with the Docklands are, its much younger rival financial centre.

At issue is the proposed Crossrail scheme which aims to link Heathrow airport to London's financial houses in the east, via Paddington and Liverpool Street stations. City leaders want Crossrail to run to the north east, via with Stratford and the new Channel Tunnel link, after Liverpool Street, while Docklands bigwigs, supported by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, favours a route which heads south east to Canary Wharf.

City bosses have now seized on a report from engineering firm Halcrow which appears to back the Stratford option and is openly critical of the Canary Wharf route, which, Halcrow says "almost doubles the length of tunnel compared to Classic Crossrail and costs at least UKP2.3 billion more."

While the rivals jostle for position, ultimate power on this matter rests with the government, who are to begin their own study of Crossrail early next year. Early indications are that the Ministry for Transport is leaning towards The City's vision on grounds of cost and on the political grounds that such a decision would spike the guns of New labour hate-figure Livingstone




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