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Crossrail and Mersey Gateway spared Government axe

Several key infrastructure schemes including Crossrail and the Mersey Gateway bridge have been spared from the Government’s spending cuts.

Last weekend Chancellor George Osborne earmarked several schemes that would be protected from the axe.

As well as securing the future of London’s Crossrail scheme, he also said the £430m Mersey Gateway Bridge project would go ahead as well as the Thames Gateway bridge.

Yesterday Mr Osborne told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We have got to make some tough decisions, but the priority is healthcare, children’s education, early years provision and the big infrastructure developments like Crossrail, Mersey Gateway, the synchrotron, broadband. Those things are actually going to get us out of this stronger and able to pay our way in the world.”