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MP clashes with Government over permission for new Beam Park station

Jon Cruddas has started a campaign calling on the government to deliver a new train station in Beam Park (Credit: Jon Cruddas)

A dispute has broken out over whether the government previously granted permission for a new train station in Beam Park. 

The Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, claims the project was never backed by the government. 

“It is not that the Department withdrew support or funding for the development of the station, but that support was never given in the first instance,” he said. 

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas, has disputed this view and claimed Boris Johnson previously agreed the station was viable and a key part of the new Beam Park Housing Zone when he was the Mayor of London. 

He has held talks with the Deputy London Mayors for Housing and Transport who said the agreement included a Grampian clause which means the Beam Park housing development cannot continue past phase three without a new station.  

“Boris Johnson’s Government are denying approval for a project that Boris Johnson set in motion when he was Mayor of London,” said Jon Cruddas.

“This just doesn’t add up and looks to me that the Department for Transport are trying to dodge any potential financial risk.

“Yet all the modelling suggests that as c2c services on the line are back up to 70% of pre-pandemic levels, and with over 3,200 new homes planned the GLA expect the station to break even in seven years.”

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has since offered to fully cover the £43 million build cost of Beam Park Station, with support from developers, and to provide a £10 million indemnity against ongoing operational costs for a 10-year period. 

However, Mr Heaton-Harris reportedly said that any offer from the GLA “would need to be unlimited in both time and cost”. 

Mr Cruddas said that was a “completely unreasonable ask” and “shows they have no intention of delivering the station”. 

“Next week I will be speaking with Michael Gove MP, the new Minister for ‘levelling up’ about how the DfT decision will stagnate growth in our area, grinding housing and economic delivery to a halt,” he added. 

“The Tories must reconsider their position on this. As it stands, they have reneged on their commitments to local residents and the PM must make good on his promises.”

Mr Cruddas has also started a petition calling on the government to deliver the station. 

If you would like to sign it you can do so here

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