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Fears over Crossrail station projects

A senior local authority figure has expressed fears that Crossrail budget cuts will see station upgrade projects abandoned.

London Borough of Ealing executive director for regeneration and planning Pat Hayes is worried the new government will scale back planned facelifts of outer London stations.

The coalition government has tentatively committed itself to the £15.9 billion east-to-west London rail link, but fears continue to be raised that the budget will be slashed.

Mr Hayes said at an NLA West London conference last week: “We need to ensure Crossrail is not engineered down to the extent that we just get new signs for the stations.

“It is great that tunnel work has begun, we desperately need Crossrail to happen. But the big challenge for us is getting genuine Crossrail investment and the developer to pay.”

Five mainline stations are due to become part of Crossrail – Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton.

West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton stations are due to be redeveloped in preparation for the high-speed rail link.

Business membership organisation London First earlier this month wrote an open letter to the new government, urging it to proceed with Crossrail in its current form.

It said: “To protect our future competitiveness we must deliver Crossrail – the country’s most significant economic development project.

“It will bring up to £36bn to the national economy and must proceed with value for money at its heart, but as planned and without delay.”