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CPA welcomes announcement on Crossrail.

The Construction Products Association today welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement that the Government has secured the necessary funding for the Crossrail project to proceed.

Commenting on the announcement, Allan Wilén, Economics Director at the Association said: "The Construction Products Association has long supported the scheme as an investment priority for the UK's transport infrastructure. The scheme will help to secure the competitiveness and prosperity of London. Coupled with Thameslink and the planned widening of the M25, the Crossrail project promises to substantially improve travel conditions across and around the capital.

"Collectively these schemes will also help provide a major boost to wider UK competitiveness. Congestion on the M25 has been referred to by some as Scotland's biggest traffic jam! The Crossrail and Thameslink schemes will encourage more people visiting or crossing the capital to do so by rail, whilst widening the M25 will further help to ease the congestion faced by hauliers.

"Now that the scheme has all-party support within Parliament and the funding is in place it is vital that the Crossrail Bill progresses quickly and secures Royal Assent as planned by next summer. We sincerely hope that the current political manoeuvring does not cause any additional delay to this timetable"

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

The Construction Products Association represents the UK's manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings. The Association acts as the voice of the construction products sector, representing the industry-wide view of its members. The sector has an annual turnover of £40 billion and accounts for 40% of total construction output.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Simon Storer. External Affairs Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
Mobile : 0770 286 2257
E-mail : simon.storer@constructionproducts.org.uk

Allan Wilén. Economics Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
E-mail : allan.wilen@constructionproducts.org.uk

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