Examination of Witnesses (Questions 12012
Ordered that Counsel and Parties be called in.
12012. CHAIRMAN: Ms Lieven, are you going
to deal with the undertaking on the railways?
The Petition of Westbourne Park Villas
12013. MS LIEVEN: I think Mr Reuben Taylor
is going to deal with that, my Lord.
12014. MR TAYLOR: My Lords, we have a
response to the Committee's request for an undertaking yesterday
and I have been instructed on behalf of the Promoter to read out
the following statement:
12015. "I undertake on behalf of the Promoter
that any subsequent decisions by the Promoter not to carry out
all of the proposed infrastructure works authorised by the Crossrail
Bill will be taken on the basis that, as determined by the Office
of Rail Regulation using the Crossrail model, it should not have
an overall negative impact on the capability of the existing rail
network to handle the current and forecast growth in rail freight
traffic to 2015, as accepted by the ORR in its decision dated
14 April 2008 to grant an access option to Crossrail. The translation
of such capability into the allocation of capacity is for the
ORR to determine."
12016. I hope that meets the Committee's request.
12017. CHAIRMAN: I think that is going
to be an improvement. Thank you very much. Before we start on
today's Petitions, I wonder if I could put you on notice for something
that we would all like you to do. When the Spitalfields people
come back tomorrow, I cannot remember exactly how far, if anywhere
at all, we have got, but I think it might be very convenient if
the Promoters were to list right at the beginning all the protective
measures which have been taken, and are available to them, on
settlement, dust, groundborne noise, construction noise, and any
specific undertakings which have been given which relate to Spitalfields
and when they were given. Some of them are in the Construction
Code anyway, but I think that, if we had a list of those right
at the beginning, it might very well clarify matters, but it will
take you a moment to collect them, I think.
12018. MS LIEVEN: It will, my Lord, one
moment or possibly two. Can I just clarify that a little? In terms
of issues, such as settlement and dust, there are obviously massively
complicated, lengthy and well-thought-out policies. Can I assume
that what the Committee have in mind is that we can say, "Protection
for settlement impacts is set out in IPD whatever" and refer
to settlement deeds?
12019. CHAIRMAN: Yes.
1 Crossrail Ref: P78, Promoter's Undertaking on Rail
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