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'DELAYS TO LONDON TRANSPORT PROJECTS COULD JEOPARDISE OLYMPIC BID'

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Liberal Democrats today increased the pressure on Labour to bring forward ...
Liberal Democrats today increased the pressure on Labour to bring forward

concrete plans for Crossrail and the East London Line extension amid growing

concerns that the Olympic bid could be jeopardised because of London's

crumbling infrastructure.

Simon Hughes has tabled a House of Commons motion calling for the delayed

Montague Report on Crossrail to be published, while Lib Dem MP for

Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, will raise fears that the Olympics

could be at threat because of transport failings in a debate in the House of

Commons.

Simon Hughes said: 'This Blair government and Mr Blair's Mayor have talked

endlessly about Crossrail but have failed to deliver. Time and again London

has been told that it will be built, but it has been endlessly delayed and

this delay could now prevent London from winning the Olympics.

'For years, Crossrail has been a dream that has never happened. For months,

the public have waited frustrated at the failure of national government to

publish the Montague report into the viability of Crossrail.'

Speaking in today's debate on 'London's transport needs', Tom Brake MP,

will say: 'The cases for Crossrail and the East London Line extension have

been made many times over. It is time to get the Montague report published,

hear the thoughts of the public and get both projects underway before the

IOC come to town to make judgements on the viability of London as host for

the 2012 Olympic Games.'

The Early Day Motion tabled by Simon Hughes today says:

'That this House congratulates all those involved in the London Olympic bid

on making the final shortlist; wishes to thank Barbara Cassani for her

efforts to get London to the final stages of the bidding process and to give

full backing to Sebastian Coe in his efforts to secure the games for 2012;

expresses concern that the International Olympic Committee's assessment of

London's bid has strongly criticise d London's transport system as inadequate

in capacity and safety; notes the Government's failure to make a firm

decision on the vital Crossrail project or the East London Line extension;

and calls on the Government to demonstrate its support for London's bid by

publishing the 15 week overdue Montague report on Crossrail, hold urgent

consultations with all interested parties and to announce before the end of

July a start date for the building of these two crucial transport links for

London, so that the necessary legislation can be brought to Parliament this

year and both projects clearly underway before the IOC evaluation visit to

London in March 2005.'

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