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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:12 pm on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Labour, Warwick and Leamington 5:12 pm, 29th April 2019

I thank Dame Cheryl Gillan for securing this urgent question. I have had conversation with her and Mr Grieve about this project. We have seen significant cost overruns with Crossrail, so there isn’t one budget, is there? There is a significant over-budget. If the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who I would say is the finance director of the project, says we should probably cancel it, perhaps we should be listening—unless, of course, that is about her ambitions in the forthcoming Conservative party leadership contest. Tomorrow, I have a meeting with the managing director of Chiltern Railways, who suggests we should consider increasing capacity on existing track and additional track on the existing line. Would that not be a better use of the budget?