Labour promises Crossrail go ahead
PUBLISHED: 12:03 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010
THE transport Minister has promised Labour will not cut back on the £16billion Crossrail project after Conservatives admitted they may shelve it. Lord Adonis was at the Dockland Light Rail (DLR) station at Woolwich Arsenal on Monday accompanied by the
THE transport Minister has promised Labour will not cut back on the
£16billion Crossrail project after Conservatives admitted they may shelve it.
Lord Adonis was at the Dockland Light Rail (DLR) station at Woolwich Arsenal on Monday accompanied by the three Labour parliamentary hopefuls for Greenwich.
Although the Liberal Democrats say the will back the project, which will link east and west London on the overground rail network, Lord Adonis was trying to position his party as the only one guaranteeing to deliver.
He told the Times: "There are a mixture of messages from the Liberal Democrats, if you listen to Vince Cable.
"The only party that has been unequivocally in its support of Crossrail is Labour.
"We will invest £16billion so it opens in 2017. We are absolutely committed to Crossrail as it will transform Greenwich and Woolwich. It will open up this whole area.
"I was amazed when I heard Conservative's London spokesperson Justine Greening's comments saying the Tories may not go ahead with it."
The Conservative manifesto says it "supports Crossrail" but they will not guarantee funding until they have been through the books.
This comes after Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, backed the Crossrail plans.
When Lord Adonis was asked how he feels about the daily polls which show Labour in third position, he replied: "The only poll that matters to me is the one on May 6. I am confident about holding onto these seats - Greenwich and Woolwich, Eltham and Erith and Thamesmead."
He denied scaremongering floating voters thinking of choosing the Liberal Democrats in Greenwich after saying this could create a Tory win.
The policy adviser became an unelected cabinet member when promoted to Schools Minister by Tony Blair.
Despite this, he claims he supports his party's current proposals to scrap the House of Lords in favour of a completely elected second chamber.
He said: "I am fully in support of the House of Lords reforms to have a fully-elected second chamber, which will mean I will stand as an MP."
When asked why he didn't do so for this election, he said: "Because I can't. You cannot resign as a Lord.