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Parties need to clarify where they stand on Crossrail, transport projects

15 April 2010
Campaign for Better Transport has called on the parties to clarify where they stand on Crossrail and other important transport projects.

The demand follows today’s statement from Justine Greening, the Shadow Minister for London, that funding for Crossrail will not be guaranteed under a Conservative government: “We can’t give a line by line budget on projects across government, including Crossrail….I can’t give a guarantee that it (Crossrail) will continue”, said Greening,  on Nick Ferrari’s morning show on LBC, 15 April.

Richard Bourn, Campaign for Better Transport’s London Campaigner, said:

“All three parties need to tell us what they will fund, and what they will cut. The Conservatives need to clarify where they stand on Crossrail. Labour have said in their manifesto that they ‘support’ some transport schemes without confirming if they’ll actually fund them, and the Lib Dem manifesto was completely silent on Crossrail.” [1] [2]

“Voters might be forgiven for not understanding the subtle distinction between ‘supporting’ and actually funding something.”

Notes for Editors:

[1] Page 24 of the Conservatives’ Manifesto:  “we support Crossrail”.

[2] Section 9:5 of Labour manifesto: “We will support tram schemes into the major cities, including upgrades to the Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and Tyne & Wear light-rail systems, a modern trolley bus in Leeds