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Cross Rail users of Woolwich

THE decision not to build a Crossrail station at Woolwich will hinder the regeneration of the whole of the region, say borough leaders.

Greenwich council leader, Chris Roberts and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford both slammed Cross London Rail Links' negative response to the Crossrail Select Committee's recommendation to build a station at Woolwich in a statement released on October 11. Mr Roberts said: "We are shocked and disappointed at this announcement which will come as a tremendous blow to the people of Woolwich and south east London.

"It will set back the regeneration of the region, halt the development of thousands of much needed new jobs and homes and adversely affect the future development of Canary Wharf and the wider Thames Gateway." The Select Committee backed the case for building a station at Woolwich in July this year.

But last week, CLRL, a joint venture between the Department for Transport and Transport for London, backtracked, because it said it would be too expensive to include the town in the scheme. A report released by CLRL on Wednesday said: "The Promoter recognises that a strong case has been made for a station at Woolwich.

"In the light of the Committee's decision, the Promoter has looked over the summer at the design of a station to explore ways of reducing its very high cost.

From: Fury at backtrack on train link, Bexley Times, 18 10 06

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