Would Ken dig this?

5th October 2007 at 01:00

There are basically two types of country ones with good train services and ones without. And we all know which one we live in, don't we?

Ken Livingstone hopes London, at least, will move a step closer to resembling the former variety as he attempts to push through the Crossrail project to provide a train link across the capital.

Crossrail has been on the cards since the early Neolithic period, and Londoners stopped holding their breath for it to come to fruition many years ago but now Ken has a new incentive to press on.

One Ferret reader has written in to point out that the Crossrail tunnel, if built, threatens to undermine many important buildings in its path, including Centre Point, whose ageing structure is reckoned by some not to be up to the disruption taking place under its creaking foundations.

We mentioned last week that Centre Point is home to five floors' worth of Learning and Skills Council staff. These include the floor recently vacated by the Association of Colleges, which has moved round the corner to get a better deal for its hard-earned rent money.

Now Ken, as Mayor of London, has made no secret of thinking he knows what's best for education in the capital and he's been cut plenty of slack to turn his own vision into reality in partnership with the LSC. But I'm sure, deep down, he'd like to send the LSC back to Coventry where it has its national HQ and be the master of his own patch.

If he really wants to get serious he should plough on with Crossrail even if he has to burrow through the ground with his own hands sending the LSC scurrying from the building.

Come to think of it, maybe the AoC knew something the LSC didn't when it decided to move out of the same building for a new home.

As my emailer commented: "Will the LSC disappear down a big hole into the Crossrail tunnel even before it disappears into a big hole courtesy of government?"

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