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Yet another Crossrail row breaks out

A row broke out last week between Crossrail backers and the Rail Freight Group (RFG) over the sharing of scarce capacity on the Great Western and Great Eastern Mainline.

Crossrail backers want priority over other users of the lines and Crossrail promoters, the Department for Transport and Transport for London, fail to accept that the private sector freight funders have just as many rights in this respect as passenger service funders such as Crossrail claimed RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley.

Speaking at the Crossrail select committee hearing Berkeley noted that the promoters did not accept any obligation to provide additional capacity to replace that taken by Crossrail, and refused to give any assurance that additional capacity required to replace that needed for Crossrail would be built.

The Promoters argued that, until the timetable work is complete, it would be unwise to give any commitment.