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Assembly appeal over Woolwich funding delay

There are claims that a funding gap could leave Woolwich without a station Credit: ITV News London

The London Assembly’s Transport Committee has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to clarify funding to enable a station at Woolwich to be up and running in time for Crossrail’s launch in 2018.

While the station box at Woolwich – equivalent to the size of 32 Olympic swimming pools – is now in place ready for tunnelling to commence, there still remains no agreement about funding the fitting-out of thenew station

Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the Transport Committee, said:

"Construction of a new Crossrail station at Woolwich – delivering 12 trains per hour during peak times, – is an amazing chance to deliver connectivity, employment and regeneration to this area.

"If an agreement is not reached soon, the delay could make its construction more costly and complicated. It would be a wasted opportunity if residents of the Woolwich area and beyond are not able experience the full benefits of a route designed to regenerate some of the poorer areas of London.

"We’re calling on the Mayor to clarify the steps being taken to ensure that the station is in place by the time Crossrail is launched.”