Crossrail is supposedly going to cost us £16bn. But, as we blogged here, if you believe that, you clearly haven't been paying attention. Our guesstimate is £25-30 bn.
Taxpayers will pick up much of the bill directly, either via the Treasury or London Council Tax. But in addition, public transport fares in London will obviously have to rise sharply.
Well, we say obviously, but until last week, Ken reckoned Crossrail would have no effect on fares whatsoever.
Then as soon as Bottler had given the go-ahead, hey presto, he changed his opinion (see here and vid above). Suddenly fares were going to rise after all.
How odd. You'd almost think the truth had been kept from him until it was too late to turn back.
Poor Ken- being kept in the dark like that. It's not right.
PS Always remember that this mendacious buffoon was elected by just 16% of Londoners. But that's democracy I guess.