The central part of the route, which would include stations atTottenham Court Road and Bond Street, has been agreed since theearly 1990s. But the new study will look at options including alink to Docklands in the east and Heathrow airport in the west.

The Strategic Rail Authority and Transport for London have beenasked by Spellar to produce a report early in 2002 on thefeasibility, costs and financing options for Crossrail.'TheGovernment is determined to improve rail links into and withinLondon,' said Spellar. 'Crossrail would support the continuingdevelopment of London as a World City, and its role as the keyfinancial centre of the UK and Europe, support London's economicgrowth and its regeneration areas, tackle the lack of capacity andcongestion on the existing network, and provide improved east-westrail access into and across London from the East and South Eastregions.'

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