Chris Philp – BBC Sunday Politics – Crossrail and Sadiq Khan

Chris Philp – BBC Sunday Politics – Crossrail and Sadiq Khan


Chris Philp, who’s fouled up here who is
to blame for this overrun and the additional bill running into hundreds of
millions Well Crossrail is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London
Sadiq Khan is responsible for that and I think in the last few months instead of
you know pontificating about Brexit he should probably have concentrated on
keeping a closer eye on Crossrail because he says he wasn’t aware of this
massive one-year delay until two days before it was publicly announced back in
August but this is a nationally significant project the government has
done the right thing by stepping in stepping in and filling the gap which
Sadiq’s mismanagement…

When you say it’s a nationally significant project I mean it
indeed it is it’s an incredible engineering project a massive
achievement on a par you could say with HS2 or Heathrow any of these huge huge
infrastructure developments why doesn’t the government just grip these and say
okay it is going to cost a bit more but this is a massive massive boost for
Brexit Britain if you like I mean the project has been financially
co-sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London so
the national government has already put a huge amount of money into this and
it’s right that the government does but it’s also right London plays its part as
well clearly London benefits the most but as Meg quite rightly said a few
minutes ago there are much wider benefits to, ultimately I guess this
money will get paid back the 350 million pound loan and via the fair fair revenue
that eventually gets generated so the sort of users the people who benefit
from the line will effectively pay that back via their affairs I would imagine, I haven’t seen the detail but that is what I would imagine and I think it is a hugely
important project and although it is gonna be a year late which is extremely
unfortunate when it does open is going to be a huge boon for the whole South East.

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