Search

Prime Minister launches £16bn Crossrail project

PUBLISHED: 17:46 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 07 September 2010

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown has kicked-off construction on a new £16billion rail route that will transform Paddington. Mr Brown joined rail minister Lord Adonis and London Mayor Boris Johnson at Canary Wharf in London Docklands this morning, to mark the

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown has kicked-off construction on a new £16billion rail route that will transform Paddington.

Mr Brown joined rail minister Lord Adonis and London Mayor Boris Johnson at Canary Wharf in London Docklands this morning, to mark the beginning of construction of Crossrail.

The project will be the largest addition to London's transport network for more than 50 years and will run from Maidenhead to Shenfield passing through Heathrow, Paddington, Bond Street, Farringdon and Canary Wharf.

It will link east and west London and will improve links to the London Underground network and mainline railway stations as well as relieving congestion.

At the first foundations were laid, Mr Brown said: "Many people said it would never be built, but today we are celebrating a defining moment for London as Crossrail's construction gets underway.

"Crossrail will not only mean faster journey times across the capital and beyond, it will also bring a massive economic boost to the city, creating thousands of jobs and adding at least £20 billion to our economy.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express