Crossrail delays and costs - this really is the worst case scenario

After Transport for London released documents relating to the delay in Crossrail, it is becoming very clear that the Mayor knew of the delay in July - but key materials still have not been released.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

“It is now clear that the Mayor was told on July 26 that Crossrail’s opening date was at “high risk”.

“TfL have released a lot of news today but not the information we asked for. We summonsed TfL’s weekly updates to the Mayor and these have been published, apart from a suspicious missing period in July-August.

“It’s very convenient these documents have been released on the same day it’s announced that Crossrail will receive an eye-watering budget boost from the GLA, as well as a new Chair. The committee will be scrutinising them thoroughly before its meeting with the Mayor on December 21st.

"This really is the worst case scenario. Londoners are having to foot an even bigger bill than anticipated and the opening is now at an unspecified time.

“Who knows how this will affect the rest of the budget and what will happen to projects that need Mayoral funding.

“Londoners look forward to the new train line which will be an asset to the city once it is finally opened.”

Read Caroline's statement on the London Assembly website, and her comments on the Transport Network website.