Cross London Rail Links

A debate in Parliament on 28 June 2005 has shed some light on the public accountability (or lack thereof) of Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRLL). Crossrail is not wholly owned by any one public authority, and as such is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

However, Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport) told Parliament that he understands from CLRLL that the board of directors will behave as though it has to conform to the Act. And so it should as it is a 50/50 joint venture owned by Transport for London and the Department for Transport, both public bodies subject to the FOIA.

Romford residents have endured a long wait for details about a depot site elimination as a result of Crossrail, according to MP Barbara Smith. Crossrail is covered by the new Environmental Information Regulations 2004, so it may be better to make enquiries citing this law.

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