Good morning. We're back after a short haitus - thanks for sticking with us. Crossrail vs Tube Improvements?
The Times carries an interesting article debating the idea that if Crossrail is given the green flag, it will eat into the budget for the Tube:
The Government is concerned that rescuing Metronet and funding Crossrail at the same time would consume the majority of the public money available for investing in Britain’s transport system. There would be little left over for cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, which also need funding to upgrade and expand their rail and tram networks.
The Editorial in the same paper however, states that London needs Crossrail:
London needs Crossrail so badly that the objections must be set aside. On average, the Underground network handles 2.8 million journeys per day and, on busy days, has as many as four million journeys. Rather than being an extravagance, the 10 per cent extra capacity added by Crossrail may not be enough.
Bloomberg carries an update on the Metronet situation, stating that it is TfL's intention to break up the contractor into smaller companies which can compete on business.
Cross River Tram
TfL reports that the initial consultation for the Cross River Tram has come back registering strong support for the scheme.
Further details of the proposed route can be found on the consultation website.
Lib Dem Mayoral Shortlist
The Lib Dems have announced their shortlist of three to compete to be the official party candidate for Mayor.
The candidates are: Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley; Fiyaz Mughal, Chief Executive of Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau and a councillor in Haringey; and Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.