London faces “unfair burden” from Crossrail

A London Assembly report says that London is being unfairly budened with the cost of Crossrail.

The report says that, while London businesses are paying £4.1bn of the costs through a business rates levy, those outside the capital, where eight stations will be built in locations such as Maidenhead, pay nothing.

The report called for the Government to ensure that the capital is not asked to pay for overruns.

It says: “we recommend that, should additional funding be required, London is not asked to contribute further to the construction of Crossrail and that consideration is given to extending a Crossrail levy to local authorities on the route outside the GLA (Greater London Authority) boundary.”


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