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Crossrail plan in Queen's Speech
Computer image of a Crossrail train
The Crossrail route will be built with private and public money
The long-awaited Crossrail scheme providing a link across London has been again included in new laws proposed in the Queen's Speech - after failing to become law in the last Parliament.

After years of delay, a route linking the east and west of the city was included in the government's legislative programme.

It would allow trains to run through London offering a range of possible services to areas such as Shenfield to the east and Maidenhead to the west.

Crossrail Line 1 also includes an option to serve Heathrow Airport.

Public money

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling revealed plans for a bill which will allow the scheme to go ahead last July.

But the government has said the cost of Crossrail could not be met solely, or even largely, by taxpayers.

A Crossrail spokesman has said it would not be ready for the Olympics in 2012.

Both private and public money will be used to fund the scheme.

The BBC's Simon Montague
"Crossrail's had the green light before and hit red soon after"

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