LondonNet News Headlines
15/12/04
Crossrail Rival 'Would Mean More Delay'
- Ambitious Superlink scheme ruffles feathers

NEW PLANS for a cross-London train-link have been slammed by backers of Crossrail, the project that has been talked about since time began and which backers hope will finally come to fruition within ten years.

"Crossrail has been studied for years, with many different options evaluated and debated," said Jeremy Candfield, head of Railway Industry Association. "Stopping to consider yet another set of proposals would just mean more
delay."

The new scheme is called Superlink and takes a more ambitious approach to traversing the capital than Crossrail, as it aims to run between Heathrow and Stansted airports. Crossrail is set to go from Paddington station to Liverpool Street.

Though the costs of Superlink would therefore be considerably higher than Crossrail, its champion John Prideaux, a former boss of rail company Intercity, believes the potential revenue is also higher and that it would therefore bring in a wider range of private money.



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