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Volume 691: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contribution they intend to make from public funds to ensure the completion of Crossrail; and when they envisage that Crossrail will become operative. [HL3075]

Crossrail funding and financing issues will be considered further in the context of Sir Michael Lyons's recommendations and wider spending pressures and priorities. However, the affordability challenge represented by the scheme remains significant.

Subject to funding decisions and progress on the Bill, we would expect Crossrail to be constructed over the period to 2016 and for services to begin thereafter.