PRIME Minister Gordon Brown is "more than likely" to shelve the £16 billion Crossrail project for several years, even when it receives Royal Assent this summer, a senior figure in the scheme has warned.
But although Downing Street finally gave the nod to a £16bn funding package last October, Crossrail chiefs fear the deteriorating economic climate, spiralling Olympic costs and the election of Tory Boris Johnson as Mayor of London will persuade Mr Brown to delay construction.
Sounds like Gordon is going to have a massive sulk - and the South-East will suffer - although thanks to the funding formula, as Scotland also got £500 million in transport funding thanks to Crossrail, the Scots might not be too happy either.
It seems extraordinary, but typical of the polititians we get in this country (with equal poke as all political parties) that a project whose true contribution won't be measured for a generation or so is influenced by the election of a different political party in London.
Crossrail won't open 'till after the mayor who replaces the mayor who replaces Boris is elected in 2016!
Of course it might be nothing to do with Gordon or Boris, and everything to do with journalists.
I have seen it written "when did you last see a newspaper article, about something you know about, that was accurate? Why then do you believe anything else they print?"