Compensation demand for Crossrail tunnel spoil

Popular London park may be covered in spoil from Crossrail tunnel project.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council is to demand compensation from Crossrail, which plans to use the £25m Mile End Park as a dumping ground for spoil. The £16bn east-to-west London rail link will use two areas of the flagship park to dump 3m-high mounds of spoil if it goes ahead under plans going through Parliament. It is due to be built between 2007 and 2016 if the Government finds funding. Crossrail will bring thousands of tonnes of spoil by conveyor to the north of the Great Eastern railway line from the tunnelling process site in Bishopgate. The Crossrail bill has been at Parliamentary select committee stage since January and Crossrail expects it to consider 350 petitions, including the council’s and Tower Hamlets Environment Trust’s, for six to nine months. A council representative said it is “resisting the use of this tunnelling methodology and will be pressing Crossrail and the select committee to adopt an end-to-end tunnelling methodology to eliminate the need for Mile End Park to be used for spoil disposal purposes.” If unsuccessful, the council will demand compensation for the loss of the park and for reinstatement.

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