§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now take active steps to ensure or to investigate the options that would provide a high-grade, high-speed rail link to the City and the west end, in addition to that already planned for Paddington.
§ Mr. Freeman
The east-west crossrail, which was given approval by the Department of Transport on 9 October 1990, will link the City and the west end to Paddington and the express link to Heathrow. BR and its partners are also considering whether crossrail might be used to provide through services from the City and the west end to Heathrow.