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Mayor calls for Crossrail decision

London mayor Ken Livingstone appealed yesterday for a final decision to be taken on the construction of the £15 billion Crossrail scheme.

The east/west underground rail link across the capital was first proposed 20 years ago but funding for the scheme is undecided and final approval from ministers is yet to be given.

Mr Livingstone said: 'The capital is crying out for this and it is long overdue.

'If Crossrail is to be ready in time for the middle of the next decade, to carry forward momentum after the Olympics, the key decisions to enable its construction must be taken while the bill permitting it is going through parliament.'

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