Crossrail Update

Following the announcement on the last day of August that the planned December 2018 opening of the Elizabeth Line is not to be (p10, last month), the mist has yet to clear and reveal the new schedule for commissioning Crossrail.

Transport for London’s latest panel meeting Crossrail update has little to say on the matter: ‘TfL and Government continue to work through the financial and other implications of the delay in Crossrail Central Operating Section opening’. This serves to underline that the surprise is not so much that a complex infrastructure programme like Crossrail is running a bit late but a couple of months before what was to be the grand opening there is no evidence anyone in power has a grasp of what is still to be done and how long it will take.

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