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Crossrail

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the cost of the Crossrail project of re-using (a) the Farringdon to Moorgate section of Thameslink and (b) the disused Moorgate to Liverpool Street mainline station link. (78613)

I understand from Crossrail London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) that reusing the section of Thameslink running from Farringdon to Moorgate for operational purposes would involve bringing the tunnel up to the surface near Farringdon and returning below ground near Moorgate. This is considered impractical, given that there is not sufficient space for tunnel portals in these areas. Therefore, CLRL has not carried out a cost assessment of this option.

CLRL have informed me that they are not aware of a disused mainline station link running from Moorgate to Liverpool Street.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps will be taken to ensure that listed buildings located at the sites of proposed Crossrail stations are not (a) damaged and (b) demolished. (78614)

We have sought to avoid adverse effects on listed buildings wherever practicable. However, the construction of Crossrail would result in the demolition of two listed buildings and the modification of a further thirteen.

We are in the process of negotiating agreements with English Heritage and the relevant local authority, as appropriate, for those listed buildings that are affected by Crossrail works. These agreements will describe the mitigation required at each location. Impacts from construction works on any listed buildings which are not covered by a separate agreement would be controlled via mechanisms set out in the environmental minimum requirements that will be set for the project. Potential settlement impacts are dealt with in Crossrail’s settlement policy.

For further information please see information paper ‘D18–Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas’ at:

http://billdocuments.crossrail.co.uk/80256FA10055060F/pages/informationpapers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost of the Crossrail project is in each year to completion. (78620)

The Parliamentary Estimate of Expense, submitted with the Crossrail hybrid Bill, estimates the total cost of Crossrail at £10.292 billion in Q1 2002 prices. It is not possible at this stage to make reliable estimates of the likely annual cost.