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13/07/04
Government Give Crossrail the Go-Ahead
- New line could be ready by 2013

GETTING across London will be easier within the next decade, if Crossrail, as expected, gets the go-ahead tomorrow. Alistair Darling, the government's Transport Secretary, is to make an announcement on Crossrail in Parliament tomorrow, one insiders reckon will be positive.

By 2013 the new rail line would link up east and west London and possibly parts of north and south London, too, taking pressure off both existing rail services and roads.

"It's really good news," said a Crossrail spokesperson. "The idea of a cross-London rail link has been kicking around for decades."

The main snag with the 'good news' is that Crossrail won't be ready in time for the 2012 Olympics if London wins the bid to host the games. Crossrail's first stage would stretch from Heathrow airport in the west to Dalston in the east.

Planners are keen to extend this route eastwards out to Shenfield and add branches to Clapham and Norbiton in the south-west,
south-east of London to Ebbsfleet and to and Watford and Aylesbury in the north-west



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