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Crossrail Line

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent to date on the Crossrail project. (295160)

In the period prior to the granting of Royal Assent for the Crossrail Act in July 2008, Crossrail Ltd. (CRL), formerly Cross London Rail Links (CLRL), and the Department for Transport (DFT) spent £166 million in preparation for Crossrail. This figure includes the costs incurred by CRL and DFT in support of the Crossrail Act 2008 and related agreements and DFT’s financial, legal and technical consultancy fees in support of the parliamentary process and agreements.

From the establishment of CLRL in 2001 up to the granting of Royal Assent in July 2008, the combined expenditure by CLRL and CRL in relation to the costs of Crossrail works, including expenditure on design and land acquisition, was £227 million.

For the period after Royal Assent, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 998-99W.