Crossrail should come to Bexley, says council leader Teresa O'Neill

News Shopper: Teresa O'Neill wants to see Crossrail extended to Bexley. Teresa O'Neill wants to see Crossrail extended to Bexley.

Crossrail could be coming to Bexley, if the leader of Bexley Council gets her way.

Councillor Teresa O’Neill has suggested Belvedere as a possible extra stop for the line, which is set to link east with west London at a cost of £15 billion.

The track is currently set to terminate at Abbey Wood, at a £130 million station which is currently being built right on the border with Greenwich.

There have been calls to extend the line to Ebbsfleet given the building of a garden city in the Ebbsfleet Valley is now under way and plans for a major theme park in nearby Swanscombe are in the pipeline.

But Coun O’Neill first wants to see the line branching out into Bexley after it opens in 2017.

She told a full meeting of Bexley Council on April 30: “It won’t be good if it flies through to Ebbsfleet and doesn’t stop in Bexley so that is where we will focus our lobbying.

“If it’s going to stop in Bexley it could stop in Belvedere.”

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8:03pm Sat 3 May 14

SidcupResident says...

Publicity stunt? Election round the corner....
Publicity stunt? Election round the corner.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 8

9:24pm Sat 3 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

This silly women at it again, Crossrail to Belvedere. Of what benefit is that to either Belvedere or the Bexley Borough?. Belvedere is worse for connections via bus or train, than Abbey Wood.

A better idea is to take Crossrail to Bexleyheath town centre!. It could share the 'shared place' with us all!.

No its just an election gimmick, Teresa O'Neill face it you are a bad Leader of Bexley Council. You are a dictator, a control freak. Time to go, good bye Teresa O'Neill.
This silly women at it again, Crossrail to Belvedere. Of what benefit is that to either Belvedere or the Bexley Borough?. Belvedere is worse for connections via bus or train, than Abbey Wood. A better idea is to take Crossrail to Bexleyheath town centre!. It could share the 'shared place' with us all!. No its just an election gimmick, Teresa O'Neill face it you are a bad Leader of Bexley Council. You are a dictator, a control freak. Time to go, good bye Teresa O'Neill. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 1

2:46am Sun 4 May 14

Wombles4000 says...

The chief exec of Crossrail recently gave a talk. He mentioned how authorities around London were begging for Crossrail to come to help their local areas, yet he was surprised at the silence from Bexley & Dartford councils on this matter. Particularly as they had a very good chance of getting support, and the exec would have been able to go to Westminster and say 'look the locals want it.

Sadly Bexley tories did little. Yet now there's an election they say this?

Don't forget Bexley and Dartford tory councils also did next to nothing when the chance was there for TfL to take over southeastern routes when decisions were being made in 2013. As such the plans for more trains, and station improvements have now gone. In Essex and NE London the councils campaigned and won.

There's a reason SE London has the worst transport. no tube, trams, worst trains in london etc. The councils.
The chief exec of Crossrail recently gave a talk. He mentioned how authorities around London were begging for Crossrail to come to help their local areas, yet he was surprised at the silence from Bexley & Dartford councils on this matter. Particularly as they had a very good chance of getting support, and the exec would have been able to go to Westminster and say 'look the locals want it. Sadly Bexley tories did little. Yet now there's an election they say this? Don't forget Bexley and Dartford tory councils also did next to nothing when the chance was there for TfL to take over southeastern routes when decisions were being made in 2013. As such the plans for more trains, and station improvements have now gone. In Essex and NE London the councils campaigned and won. There's a reason SE London has the worst transport. no tube, trams, worst trains in london etc. The councils. Wombles4000
  • Score: 8

2:50am Sun 4 May 14

Wombles4000 says...

In the fairness of balance I should say that Labour in Greenwich did little for TfL taking over but did fight for the Woolwich crossrail station and won. In the rest of London Tory and Labour have had successes. It's really just Tory Bexley and Dartford that have been so lacking.

As the crossrail exec said, the lack of local council effort now means areas will miss out in Bexley and Dartford, and wont change for quite a few years now the chance of money has gone.
In the fairness of balance I should say that Labour in Greenwich did little for TfL taking over but did fight for the Woolwich crossrail station and won. In the rest of London Tory and Labour have had successes. It's really just Tory Bexley and Dartford that have been so lacking. As the crossrail exec said, the lack of local council effort now means areas will miss out in Bexley and Dartford, and wont change for quite a few years now the chance of money has gone. Wombles4000
  • Score: 2

10:10am Sun 4 May 14

Joelo says...

too little too late springs to mind? im pretty sure just before the last election the council started saying they wanted the DLR to come to Thamesmead, strange how its not even been mentioned since!
too little too late springs to mind? im pretty sure just before the last election the council started saying they wanted the DLR to come to Thamesmead, strange how its not even been mentioned since! Joelo
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Sun 4 May 14

Rosco Ranger says...

Yes you are right about Teresa O'Neil jumping on her soap box before the last election with the idea of DLR coming to both Thamesmead and Bexleyheath!!! Yet it died a death and she has not been able to speak to her best friend Boris about it!!! I reckon she is running scared of losing her seat and her post as leader of the council and all the perks that carries!!

I say good riddings and hopefully we will see a better council next time.
Yes you are right about Teresa O'Neil jumping on her soap box before the last election with the idea of DLR coming to both Thamesmead and Bexleyheath!!! Yet it died a death and she has not been able to speak to her best friend Boris about it!!! I reckon she is running scared of losing her seat and her post as leader of the council and all the perks that carries!! I say good riddings and hopefully we will see a better council next time. Rosco Ranger
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Sun 4 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

I would think the best long term plan would be to run to Gillingham as a replacement for the Blackheath Woolwich line and stop that at Woolwich leaving just the local stopper that's there now.
I would think the best long term plan would be to run to Gillingham as a replacement for the Blackheath Woolwich line and stop that at Woolwich leaving just the local stopper that's there now. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Mon 12 May 14

Ted The Bear says...

Ah, our insane Teresa comes up with even more silly ideas. Must be an election round the corner!
Ah, our insane Teresa comes up with even more silly ideas. Must be an election round the corner! Ted The Bear
  • Score: 1

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