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Lords probe Crossrail controversies

PUBLISHED: 17:58 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses in East London where massive excavations are likely for London's proposed Crossrail project have addressed the House of Lords Select Committee examining the unresolved scheme. Tower Hamlets council has submitted a petition with objections not yet settled.

By Mike Brooke

TOWN Hall bosses in East London where massive excavations are likely for London's proposed Crossrail project have addressed the House of Lords Select Committee examining the unresolved scheme.

Tower Hamlets council has submitted a petition setting out objections to several issues which have not yet been settled.

The council is claiming some success already in helping secure more undertakings from Crossrail than authorities in other part of London to protect the East End's communities from the effects of the tunnel digging and soil extraction.

The Lords Select Committee discussed the impact of lorry traffic in the streets and in particular the safety of schoolchildren at Swanlea Secondary in Whitechapel, where a major Crossrail interchange with the London Underground is planned.

The authority remains dissatisfied with the "design and visibility" of the proposed main entrance to Whitechapel station in relation to the main pedestrian flow along Whitechapel Road.

Tower Hamlets Council Leader Denise Jones said: "We'll continue negotiating with Crossrail to resolving the outstanding issues and the Lords Select Committee will make a judgement on those we can't resolve ourselves."

The Lords is hearing further evidence from petitioners in the East End in the next few weeks.

Crossrail is hoping for Royal Assent to the scheme before the Parliamentary summer recess.

mike.brooke@archant.co.uk

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