for Crossrail announced today the terms of reference for the review.
The review team will examine the Crossrail Business Case drawn up by
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
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
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