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Adrian Montague, head of the expert team reviewing the Business Case ...
Adrian Montague, head of the expert team reviewing the Business Case

for Crossrail announced today the terms of reference for the review.

The review team will examine the Crossrail Business Case drawn up by

Cross-London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL), a joint venture between the

Strategic Rail Authority and Transport for London.

Mr Montague said:

'I am pleased to announce the detailed terms of reference that

Alistair Darling has given me for the review of the Crossrail

Business Case.

Crossrail has the potential to improve journeys on public transport

across a wide area of London and the South East. But the costs are

very high: the scheme put forward by CLRL is forecast to cost up to

£10bn, and that's before any finance costs.

Alistair has asked me to look closely at CLRL's proposals to see

whether they are deliverable and, if so, whether they are likely to

provide proper value for money. As part of the review, I have been

asked to explore how much of the very large cost of this scheme might

be justified from the taxpayer and how much might be raised from

non-Government sources. I shall also consider whether there are any

other ways of delivering a Crossrail project that would offer better

performance than the proposals set out in CLRL's Business Case.

I have been asked to report as soon as practicable. I hope to do so

around the turn of the year.'


Cross-London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) submitted its Business Case for

the Crossrail project to the Department for Transport on 11 July

2003. The Business Case summary document is available on their

website (

Alistair Darling, secretary of state for transport, made a statement

to Parliament on 14 July, commenting on the CLRL Business Case. In

his statement, he confirmed that the government sees merit in the

arguments for such an increase in East-West capacity to support

London's continued growth and succ ess.

Expert Review Team

Adrian Montague is deputy chairman of Network Rail and chairman

of the Network Rail Property Board. He is also chairman of British

Energy plc and of Michael Page International plc.

The review team will also include Hugh Norie who leads Mott

Parsons Gibb, the government's project representative for the Channel

Tunnel Rail Link. He is vice-president of the Institution of Civil

Engineers, and also directed the civil works design team for the UK

half of the Channel Tunnel.

Property development advice will come from Stephen Dance, a project

director of Partnerships UK. Previously he was a director of the

property consultants DTZ, where he led advisory teams on a range of

major projects in the fields of urban regeneration, development,

privatisation and PFI/PPP.

The review team will also be supported by specialist consultants in

the financial, legal and transport appraisal fields. Their

appointments will be announced in due course.

The expert review team will have the following terms of reference:

1. To establish the full cost of Cross London Rail Link's July 2003

Crossrail Business Case proposals, and to assess:

(a) whether they are likely to deliver to time, scope and budget;

(b) whether the Business Case proposals will offer value for money;

(c) the extent of government funding that can be justified;

(d) the proportion of the funding required from non-government


2. To identify any means of delivering a Crossrail project which

offer better performance than the Business Case proposals against

tests at 1 (a)-(d) above.

3. To report to the secretary of state as soon as practicable

We expect the review team to submit their report to the secretary of

state around the turn of the year and for it to be published in due


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