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The Crossrail Bill - a Hybrid Bill that would authorise the construction and maintenance of Crossrail, a new East-West cross-London rail link from Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, including new tunnels under central London - was today carried over to the new Parliament.
Given the lengthy timescales associated with Hybrid Bills, they can be carried over from one session of Parliament to another, so that the Bill is not lost. Carry Over enables a Bill to continue in the next session or in a new Parliament at the same stage that it was at when it was carried over. Carry Over of the Crossrail Bill was secured through the passing of Carry Over Motions in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Also a full Environmental Statement (ES) has been prepared for Crossrail, and copies deposited with the Bill when it was introduced in February. The Department has set a deadline of 17 May for comments on the ES, so that they can be presented to the House and published.
Notes to Editors
1. The Crossrail Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 22 February. It had completed a number of essentially procedural hurdles when the General Election was called.
2. A Hybrid Bill is a Public Bill promoted by the Government which is treated like a Private Bill for part of its passage through Parliament, in addition to being considered in the same way as any other Public Bill.
3. A copy of the Bill and accompanying Explanatory Notes can be found on the UK Parliament's website at www.parliament.uk. A copy of the Plans and Sections, Environmental Statement (ES) and ES Non-Technical Summary are available on the Department for Transport's website at www.dft.gov.uk and on Cross London Rail Links' (CLRL) website at www.crossrail.co.uk. CLRL is a 50/50 joint venture company owned by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport. Anyone wishing to know more about the project and the Bill can also contact CLRL's 24-hour telephone helpline on 0845 602 3813.
4. Comments on the Environmental Statement should be sent to the Consultation Manager, Major Projects Division 3, Zone 2/08, 76 Marsham Street, London, SWIP 4DR (e-mail: email@example.com).
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Railhub Archive ::: 2005-04-07 DfT-002