Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE City of Lon­don Cor­po­ra­tion has handed the Depart­ment for Trans­port £200m to­wards Cross­rail fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of four in­fras­truc­ture mile­stones.

The City Cor­po­ra­tion had agreed to par­tially fund the project in 2007, in recog­ni­tion of the im­pact the El­iz­a­beth Line will have on both the City of Lon­don and the wider cap­i­tal.

The money was to be paid fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of ticket hall boxes at Liver­pool Street and Far­ring­don sta­tions, a shaft at Moor­gate and the Stock­ley Viaduct, just to the west of Hayes & Har­ling­ton sta­tion.

The viaduct aims to sim­plify the crowded junc­tion with sev­eral trains head­ing to and from Heathrow us­ing the junc­tion.

West Lon­don­ers who work in the city will be able to get from Han­well to Liver­pool Street in just 22 min­utes, while those liv­ing in Eal­ing could get to Far­ring­don in just 16 min­utes.

A study by the City Cor­po­ra­tion fore­cast that 63,000 new jobs will be cre­ated in the City and Isle of Dogs as a re­sult of the El­iz­a­beth Line.

They also ex­pect the num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling into the City for work to in­crease from 450,000 to 485,000 by the same year.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling said: “The City of Lon­don Cor­po­ra­tion’s long stand­ing sup­port for Cross­rail shows just how crit­i­cal the new rail­way is to the City’s fu­ture growth.

“This fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion is a mark of the progress Cross­rail is mak­ing and rep­re­sents the Govern­ment’s vi­sion of a trans­port net­work that trans­forms the pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence on our rail­ways, sup­ports wider eco­nomic growth and gen­er­ates skills and op­por­tu­ni­ties across our so­ci­ety.”

Ser­vices from Heathrow are due to be­gin from May 2018, with the en­tire El­iz­a­beth line due to be op­er­a­tional by late 2019.

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