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Saturday26 July 2014

Crossrail secures extra funding for public realm spaces

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TfL board approves £30m for areas around stations

Crossrail has secured £30 million towards public realm improvements around its stations.

The funding was approved by Transport for London, and is in addition to the £28 million allocated from Crossrail’s own budget.

Architects including John McAslan, BDP, Gillespies and Atkins are working on the schemes, with plans for 16 stations completed. A further 12 will be done by the end of 2013.

Crossrail said the work would provide 92,000sq m of improved public space at new stations in central London including new pedestrianised areas, traffic calming measures, new trees and new seating areas.

Andrew Wolstenholme, chief executive at Crossrail, added: “We are using the huge momentum of this project to encourage further investment in new and improved public spaces and regeneration over a much wider are around Crossrail stations.”

The work has been carried out together Design Council Cabe.

The news comes just days after Terry Farrell warned the London Assembly that “no strategy” had been employed to develop successful new urban centres around Crossrail’s stations.

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  • zecks_marquise

    Got a problem? Throw money at it! Got no money? Sell all your assets! Don't actually own anything? Take out unsecured high interest loans! Can't pay back loans due to mismanagement? Hike up ticket prices and taxes! Angry public? Say it is all to fund "new essential upgrades"

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  • Vinesh Pomal

    'Crossrail said the work would provide 92,000sq m of improved public space at new stations in central London including new pedestrianised areas, traffic calming measures, new trees and new seating areas.'

    I hope this also includes the proposed new station at Ealing Broadway which is heavily congested and in need of redevelopment. It's a major transport hub with Crossrail, two tube lines, buses and trains to Paddington, Reading and Heathrow, it should be getting the same amount of treatment as the 'main' central stations. We're yet to see the plans but judging from the previous scheme design, it does not look promising with the priority being the Central London stations.

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