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Letters to the Editor: Issue 321 5 Oct 2007

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With Metronet’s collapse can we really afford to finance Crossrail?

With the collapse of Metronet likely to cost at least £1bn and many London area rail improvements awaiting finance, can we afford £16bn for Crossrail whilst leaving unused tube sized tunnels between Green Park and the Strand and associated station facilities at Charing Cross.

Those tunnels could be extended eastwards to the Isle of Dogs and westwards to Paddington where trains could continue on already electrified tracks to Heathrow and Hammersmith.The cost and disruption of...

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