Mike Gapes, Labour's 2015 Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford South talks about the benefits of Crossrail to the Ilford South constituency.
Crossrail has brought already important investment benefits to Ilford. We’ve seen the investment of 50 million pounds on the Ilford yard on Ley Street in terms of the new sidings are areas for maintaining and cleaning the trains and the carriages for Crossrail. At the same time we have the tunnelling and underground construction academy which has been operating on the banks of the River Roding, again next to Ilford. And, thirdly we are having improvements in our stations. There will be step-free access on all Crossrail stations and that will include lifts – long overdue lifts at Ilford Station so that people can get down to the platforms if they have wheelchairs or if they have buggies or if they have disabilities. This is long overdue and it will be a direct benefit of Crossrail. Crossrail will also lead to improvements – lengthening of platforms at some of the other stations in the area: Goodmayes, Seven Kings and Chadwell Heath. In fact, Ilford is benefiting greatly from Crossrail and I’m very pleased that I was able, over the last 10 years as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Crossrail Group to make a contribution to this vital improvement of London’s infrastructure.
If you go and look at the tunnels which are already under construction and nearly completed under Central London, you will see what a vital engineering project Crossrail is and how it has produced the largest engineering scheme in the whole of Europe, fantastic technology and engineering, and we In Ilford and East London are going to benefit from the results for many decades and probably centuries to come.