Crossrail promises huge benefits to West Londons residents and businesses but is the necessary infrastructure in place to support the planned rapid growth?
Place West London delegates debated the issues surrounding Crossrail and its anticipated impact on West London boroughs on October 13. Clinton Leeks, Corporate Affairs Director, Crossrail and Councillor David Millican, London Borough of Ealing examined the proposed plans for West London, calling on local businesses and residents to get behind plans that will promote economic growth and bring skills to the subregion.
Clinton Leeks highlighted Mayor of London Boris Johnsons support for the scheme, and emphasised that there is a cross-party consensus on delivery of the project, which, when completed will almost halve journey times through central London (Heathrow to Liverpool street will be possible in 36 minutes).
Leeks further claimed that Crossrail offers a win/win situation for West London, as the inevitable creation of jobs will stimulate the regions skills set for generations to come.
Councillor David Millican (London Borough of Ealing), speaking at Place West London, urged the audience to remember that West London is what it is because Isambard Kingdom Brunel brought a railway many years ago. Millican recognised that Crossrail offers unprecedented opportunity to attract residential and commercial developers, but warned that the appropriate transport support to and from the upgraded stations was crucial to its long term success. Discussing the planned station upgrades, many of which are in and around the West London boroughs, Millican placed emphasis on station design and community cohesion. He called for all London stakeholders to work together to ensure Crossrail benefits those living and working in West London, and not merely those passing through.