Crossrail Hails New Transport Secretary’s Rail Link Decision

13 May 2010 (Last Updated May 13th, 2010 18:30)

Crossrail has praised the new UK transport secretary's decision to not cut funding for the £16bn ($23.6bn) east-west rail link project. A Crossrail spokesman said the rail line had no fears of a budget cut and that the Conservatives have always supported the project. "Crossr

Crossrail has praised the new UK transport secretary's decision to not cut funding for the £16bn ($23.6bn) east-west rail link project.

A Crossrail spokesman said the rail line had no fears of a budget cut and that the Conservatives have always supported the project.

"Crossrail remains one of the crown jewels of the transport strategy," a Crossrail spokesman said.

"We are obviously delighted that there has been this announcement and we fully support Philip Hammonds' appointment as Secretary of State for Transport."

The 73-mile rail line project began its £2.5bn ($3.7bn) construction work at key points around London last year.

The infrastructure project will carry 24 trains an hour during rush hour in 10,200m-long carriages, according to cityam.com.

There have been fears the project would receive reduced funding after the Conservative party campaigned on heavily slashing the UK's budget deficit.