Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill

Committee's response to the
Secretary of State for Transport's written statement:
Crossrail - Additional Provision

Crossrail Station at Woolwich

The Government has announced its intention to further amend the Crossrail Bill to include provision for a station at Woolwich. The House of Commons Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill today welcomed the "long overdue" decision and commended the Secretary of State for Transport for his flexibility on the issue.

In its First Special Report published in October last year, the Committee highlighted the considerable evidence presented to it regarding the benefit of building a station at Woolwich. The Committee noted that the projected cost for such a station showed that it would provide exceptional value for money and called upon the Government to bring forward the necessary additional provision to add this to the bill.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill, Alan Meale, remarked: "We are delighted that the Department has seen sense and accepted the Committee's decision. This is an enabling step and moves towards the Committee's strong view that a station at Woolwich is an essential part of the Crossrail Bill. We must move forward on this important matter."

Notes to editors

Media representatives who want further information should contact Select Committee Media Officer Laura Kibby on 020 7219 0718 or 07917 488 557.

Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill, The Crossrail Bill: Woolwich Station 1st Special Report of Session 2005-06 (HC 1597) 30th October 2006

Members of the Committee: Mr Alan Meale (Chairman) (Mansfield), Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South), Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North), Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater), John Pugh (Southport), Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax), and Sir Peter Soulsby Leicester South.

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