Concerns over Brentwood Crossrail plans

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THE LEADER of Brentwood Council says she will continue to press for information over the Crossrail project.

Crossrail is the new high frequency, convenient and accessible railway for London and the South East. From 2017 Crossrail will travel from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new twin tunnels under central London to Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west. It will link Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London, Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks and Stratford.

It will reduce crowding on London’s network. It will operate with main line size trains, carrying more than 1500 passengers in each train during peak periods.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, met last week with Terry Morgan, Chair of Crossrail, to discuss the concerns of Brentwood residents and businesses over the lack of information about the project, including planned improvements to Shenfield station. Kaye Thurgood, representing Shenfield traders, was also at the meeting.

Crossrail agreed that getting the right information out was extremely important and they are keen to improve on this once Network Rail has confirmed the detail of construction-related issues. With the start date for work affecting Shenfield scheduled for the end of 2014, Crossrail are also keen to be involved in a wider discussion with all interested parties.

Cllr McKinlay said: “I am pleased that Crossrail listened to and shared our concerns regarding communication and we will continue to press for the right information at the right time for all those who are affected by, or have an interest in, these developments. I look forward to the meeting with residents and businesses which the Council will be arranging in October or November and which will provide an opportunity for Crossrail to share key information and listen to the views of residents and traders.”

Kaye Thurgood said: “This is a good opportunity to work closely with the Council to ensure that this major project will have lasting benefits for the traders and residents of Shenfield. I am pleased that the Council is playing this role in helping to get the voices of Shenfield traders heard by Crossrail.”

ESSEX County Council (ECC) has submitted a formal response to Transport for London’s consultation on Crossrail 2, expressing strong support for the scheme and the economic benefits that it could bring to Essex.

ECC has expressed support for the Regional Option for Crossrail 2, which would connect central London with areas to the north east and south west.

County Councillor Rodney L Bass, cabinet member for highways & transportation said: “We welcome the opportunity to respond to Transport for London’s consultation on the Crossrail 2 project.

“Essex County Council strongly supports the regional option for Crossrail 2, and we recognise the opportunities that this scheme presents for aiding economic growth in the west of the county.

“There are a number of areas that must be looked at closely to ensure that this scheme realises its full potential, and we look forward to working closely with Transport for London and other partners as this scheme develops.”

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