Simon Harris reports from Holborn station:
Following the announcement that seven government departments have provisionally agreed to reduce their budgets by up to 10%, underground and business leaders are urging the Chancellor not cut funding for major tube projects.
They say schemes like the planned £250 million makeover of Holborn station are vital.
Holborn serves the 'midtown' business district but is closed several times during rush hour because it can't cope with its 100,000 passengers a day.
It is the largest construction project in Europe, but after a worker was badly burnt on a Crossrail site yesterday, serious questions are being raised about health and safety.
Barry Mcgreham is in a specialist burns unit, after he was injured yesterday when cables were cut through on a Central London site.Now the London Assembly says it's becoming 'concerned' at the 'frequency' of Crossrail accidents. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports
– Crossrail spokesman
''As is standard procedure on Crossrail following an incident - in this case a cable strike incident - Crossrail has suspended any activity which involves breaking ground such as piling or utility excavation until we are fully confident that it safe to proceed. Such suspensions usually last for several days''
A spokesman for Crossrail said today:
“Crossrail regards the safety of all those working on the project as paramount and requires all workers to adhere to strict safety requirements including an obligation to raise any concerns.
We fully investigated Unite’s specific claims and found no evidence to support them. Crossrail has written to Unite on several occasions to update them on industry and health safety issues but has yet to receive a response.”
Labour's London Assembly spokewoman Val Shawcross says a closer look needs to be taken at the goings on at Crossrail after a construction worker was hospitalised with serious burns following an explosion
Harpreet Kaur was a witness to the explosions
A man working on the Crossrail project is in hospital tonight with serious burns after an explosion, which is believed to have been caused by cutting through a cable.
It happened in Holborn at lunchtime and has caused traffic problems since. From there Julie Macdonald sent this report.
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