HL Deb 03 May 2001 vol 625 c132WA
Lord Sheppard of Didgemere

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect construction of CrossRail to begin. [HL2016]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston

The work on project definition and design development will take about 14 months. This will lead to a recommendation on the option to be taken forward. This is a major project, and it is difficult to predict the time that will be taken to obtain powers. At this early stage it is expected to be at least five years before construction could begin.