HL Deb 30 March 2004 vol 659 c150WA
Lord Harris of Haringey

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When information will be available on the Crossrail benchmark scheme; and whether an explanation will be given of the process of evaluating the route options; and [HL2114]

Why no account has been taken of the regeneration benefits of a north-west London option in the Crossrail proposals; whether there are any prospects of including such benefits in the analysis; and what significance is now attached to the social inclusion objective of Crossrail; and [HL2115]

Whether the business case for Crossrail took account of the population changes arising from major developments at Wembley and other northwest London locations; and [HL2116]

What assessment has been made of the impact on the west London economy and on road congestion of not extending Crossrail through north-west London; and what assumptions have been made in respect of capacity and overcrowding on the routes that could benefit from the west London Crossrail route options. [HL2157]

Lord Davies of Oldham

I understand that in developing its Crossrail business case, Cross London Rail Link Limited (CLRL) considered a number of route options and took into account a wide range of factors, including transport and regeneration benefits, before settling on its preferred scheme design. The review established by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport under Adrian Montague's chairmanship has evaluated all aspects of CLRL's Crossrail business case. My right honourable friend is now considering Adrian Montague's advice and will make an announcement in due course.