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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what representations his Department has received from (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Lewisham council’s Executive Mayor on funding a new station at Surrey Canal Road on the extended East London Line. [325019]

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The Department for Transport has received a number of representations from Transport for London, the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Lewisham in relation to the proposed new station at Surrey Canal Road. Transport for London and Lewisham have also submitted a business case in relation to the new station.

Officials at the Department continue to discuss this business case with officials from Transport for London and Lewisham council.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has informed (a) Transport for London and (b) Lewisham council that it will contribute to the funding of a new station at Surrey Canal Road on the extended East London Line. [325020]

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The business case for the proposed new station at Surrey Canal Road was submitted by Transport for London and Lewisham council late last year. The Department for Transport had a number of concerns with the business case provided and officials have been discussing these issues with both parties.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the demand projections made by Transport for London for the proposed new station at Surrey Canal Road on the extended East London Line. [325021]

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The business case and the demand projections for the proposed new station at Surrey Canal Road were provided by Transport for London. Some concerns have been noted with regard to the projected demand levels at the station when compared with other neighbouring stations.

The specific concern was that projected demand levels at the station were similar to or higher than other stations in established residential and shopping locations with significantly higher levels of train service, such as New Cross Gate and Peckham Rye.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what process his Department is undertaking to evaluate the case for a new station at Surrey Canal Road on the extended East London Line; and if he will make a statement. [325022]

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The Department for Transport is assessing the business case submitted by Transport for London and Lewisham council to ensure that it is robust; that it is based on realistic future population and employment forecasts; and that it accords with the appraisal criteria used for all transport schemes that the Department is asked to fund. It is important that this process is carried out to ensure that taxpayers' money is being used effectively and that the proposed benefits will be realised.

The appraisal criteria, Webtag, are available on the Department for Transport's website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/webtag/index.php