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Utility Diversion Work (Tottenham Court Road)

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

The Department for Transport has received a request from Cross-London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) for additional funding of £6,525,000 to contribute towards the cost of utility diversion work at Tottenham Court Road station, one of the planned interchange stations for Crossrail.

The funding is required to enable CLRL to contribute an agreed 50 per cent. share of the costs of utility diversion work at Tottenham Court Road station: this preparatory work is part of a London Underground Ltd (LUL) project to relieve congestion by constructing a new ticket hall plaza. The plaza project has been designed to accommodate the planned future Crossrail interchange, the powers for which are contained in the Crossrail Bill. LUL intends to start main construction works on the plaza as soon as possible after the Crossrail Bill gains Royal Assent, expected in the next session. In order to do this, LUL have had to commence work on the diversion of utilities, for which they possess the necessary planning permission.

The Department supports CLRL's request on value for money grounds—the additional cost of doing the Crossrail-specific utility diversion work in a second phase would be more than £3 million—and to avoid a second round of costly disruption for local businesses and residents.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £6,525,000 will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the Department of Transport once the Crossrail Bill has been approved by Parliament. Pending that approval, this urgent expenditure will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.