A meeting last night of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance and Policy Committee approved the recommendations in the paper, specifically that the Board grant authority to TfL’s Sponsor Board members to agree a change to the Crossrail Sponsors Requirements to enable the fit-out of the Crossrail Woolwich station.
While the scheme’s initial £15 billion budget did not include the potential for a station in the area, a box had been constructed in anticipation of further funding. A funding package subsequently agreed between Greenwich Council and Berkley Homes has helped to secure Woolwich’s inclusion on the line.
Caroline Pidgeon, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, praised the latest developments and highlighted the beneficial impact a Crossrail Woolwich station is expected to have. “The failure to deliver a station would be an absolute betrayal for people in south-east London, denying them the improved transport links and economic benefits that Crossrail is set to bring to so many other places,”
The Committee’s recommendation will go to the TfL Board. The decision on the station is matter reserved to the Crossrail Sponsors – TfL (reserved to its Board) and the Department for Transport.
A supplementary paper on costs and negotiations about financial contributions was exempt from publication.
An updated paper will be submitted to the next meeting of the Board on 3 July 2013 for decision. The papers for the meeting of the Board will be published on tfl.gov.uk on 25 June 2013.