Fears over completion of Woolwich Crossrail station

12:23 22 February 2013

The site has been handed back to Crossrail. Picture: Crossrail

The site has been handed back to Crossrail. Picture: Crossrail

Archant

Doubts have been raised over whether the proposed Crossrail station in Woolwich will be finished in time.

The station box has been completed by Berkeley Homes. Picture: CrossrailThe station box has been completed by Berkeley Homes. Picture: Crossrail

The station box has been completed by developers Berkeley Homes and will be handed over in preparation for the project’s tunnelling machines.

But politicians and residents have voiced fears over whether there will be sufficient funds to ensure the actual facility will be fitted out and open in 2018.

It is hoped money will be sourced from developers and businesses in the area as Berkeley Homes will not fund the entire Woolwich scheme.

London Assembly Lib Dem leader Caroline Pidgeon has posed two written questions to London Mayor Boris Johnson over the issue.

In a response provided last year, he said: “The fit-out of the Crossrail station at Woolwich has always been conditional on receiving sufficient funding contributions from developers and businesses in the area.

“Both Crossrail sponsors, Department for Transport and Transport for London, have been working hard to find a viable funding package since the deal to construct the station box was agreed in February last year.

“As part of that work, officials have been working closely with Berkeley Homes and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to secure the necessary private sector contributions to fund the fit-out of the station.

“Initial discussions with both Greenwich and Berkeley Homes have been largely positive and there is broad consensus about the proposed structure of the funding package. Detailed discussions are now under way.”

Berkeley Homes is to hold an open day at the site next Wednesday. Construction work on 585 homes, and retail and commercial units on the station box site is due to start later this year.

Ms Pidgeon said the prospect of Crossrail springing into action before the Woolwich station was opened would be “a criminal waste of public money and a real betrayal of people in south east London”.

She added: “The Mayor and TfL should spend less time and effort pushing forward a new tunnel under the Thames designed primarily for private motorists and instead ensure that a public transport link across the Thames delivers to its full potential.”

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said it would be inappropriate to comment on matters where Transport for London and the Mayor have been criticised.

Latest Stories

Fusilier Lee Rigbywas killed whilst off duty near Woolwich Barracks by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo in May 2013  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The father of Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier who was brutally murdered in Woolwich last year, has said it is ‘disgusting’ that his son’s killers received £200,000 from the state to pay for their legal costs.

Read more
The risk is most likely with clothes that have been contaminated with oil, such as kitchen cloths, tea towels, and chefs' whites [Photo courtesy of London Fire Brigade]

A fire that tore through a laundrette in Bromley was caused by a pile of tumble dried clothes.

Read more
People enjoy the Royal Victoria beach as temperatures reaches 28C in London.

This weekend saw London’s biggest manmade beach open at the Royal Victoria Dock in Canning Town.

Read more

TOP Stories

Fusilier Lee Rigbywas killed whilst off duty near Woolwich Barracks by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo in May 2013  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The father of Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier who was brutally murdered in Woolwich last year, has said it is ‘disgusting’ that his son’s killers received £200,000 from the state to pay for their legal costs.

The risk is most likely with clothes that have been contaminated with oil, such as kitchen cloths, tea towels, and chefs' whites [Photo courtesy of London Fire Brigade]

A fire that tore through a laundrette in Bromley was caused by a pile of tumble dried clothes.

People enjoy the Royal Victoria beach as temperatures reaches 28C in London.

This weekend saw London’s biggest manmade beach open at the Royal Victoria Dock in Canning Town.

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

London Bloggers

Thursday, July 24, 2014
London comedians are preparing for Edinburgh (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

During these sultry July afternoons and endless balmy evenings the nervous musings of young comedians in London drift to dreams of triumph on the Edinburgh stage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man poduction came to an end on Sunday, July 6

If you’ve been wandering around bereft of purpose, a wet-eyed stare fixed on your blank face, then no doubt you too are as gutted as I am that The Drowned Man has finally come to an end.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

We’ve been called P.I.G.S.

Quizzes

The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower? Test your knowledge with this quiz, but be warned: difficulty levels are sky-high.

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more
How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more