Crossrail will transform London travel – but let's learn the lessons

With the long-overdue opening of the central London section of Crossrail now finally scheduled for 24 May, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Crossrail will transform travel across London and large parts of the South East, cutting journey times, providing much need additional train capacity and encouraging people to switch away from making many journeys by car.

“However, we cannot overlook that this is a project that has fundamentally failed in the basic test of being delivered on time and on budget.

“The central section of Crossrail is opening three and a half years late and one key station even then will not be ready. While recognising the benefits that Crossrail will provide for the future we should not overlook the mistakes that have been made in the past.

“Real lessons now need to be learnt to ensure future transport projects do not repeat the mistakes of Crossrail.”

Read more at the BBC and in Transport Infrastructure News.