Transport written question – answered on 3rd March 2005.

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Photo of Ms Sue Doughty Ms Sue Doughty Shadow Minister (the Environment), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Superlink proposals for connecting Crossrail to other networks in the South East, with particular reference to Guildford station.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Department for Transport

The environmental statement deposited with the hybrid Crossrail Bill contains details of the analysis that has been undertaken of the Superlink proposals. In summary, we have concluded that Superlink presented significant operational, environmental and consent risks, that it did not appear consistent with planning policies for the South East, and that its costs appeared to be underestimated. We are confident that the scheme in the Crossrail Bill is the best way forward.

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