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Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

16.11.18: Costs incurred by the lengthy delay to London’s Crossrail project could cost Transport for London (TfL) over £200m in lost revenue, London’s financial watchdog has revealed. In a report released this week, the London Assem...

Crossrail contractors in row over overtime pay

Crossrail contractors in row over overtime pay

14.11.18: A pay row has broken out over overtime payments for contractors working on the Elizabeth Line as it raced to get the project finished on time. TfL and Crossrail are said to be questioning bills from contracts after workers undertook overnig...

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13.11.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would...

Crossrail chief executive stands down as Underground boss takes up role

Crossrail chief executive stands down as Underground boss takes up role

02.11.18: The chief executive of Crossrail has stood down from his role. Transport for London announced today that Simon Wright, the chief executive of the £15.4bn project, will step down from the role “as planned,” and on 19 Novemb...

Council launches campaign to extend Crossrail to Southend-on-Sea

Council launches campaign to extend Crossrail to Southend-on-Sea

01.11.18: A council campaign to get Crossrail extended to Southend and for a further river crossing east of the Lower Thames crossing has been kick-started. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has unveiled its five-year draft plan outlining its ambitions...

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

29.10.18: The chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN) has quelled concerns that funding for the programme would be in conflict with Crossrail 2, claiming that the raising of funds through general taxation will help to finance both projects. ...

Crossrail handed £350m government lifeline to prevent further delays

Crossrail handed £350m government lifeline to prevent further delays

26.10.18: The government has given the Crossrail project a £350m short-term loan in order to prevent it from falling further behind schedule. The £15.4bn east-west train line was due to open next month but the launch of the Elizabeth line...

Crossrail investigation should ‘absolutely’ be launched if delay claims are true, assembly transport chair says

Crossrail investigation should ‘absolutely’ be launched if delay claims are true, assembly transport chair says

26.10.18: The Crossrail board, London mayor Sadiq Khan and TfL should absolutely face a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation if claims of misleading Londoners during the discovery of the Crossrail delay are true, according to the London Assembl...

London Assembly transport chair: Sadiq Khan may want ‘fresh management’ to restore confidence in Crossrail

London Assembly transport chair: Sadiq Khan may want ‘fresh management’ to restore confidence in Crossrail

25.10.18: Crossrail management are using their hearts rather than their heads when making decisions for the project, and the London mayor may bring in “fresh management” to restore confidence, the chair of the London Assembly’s transport...

FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19.10.18: The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London Stock Exchange (LSE) that the Crossrail project would suffer a nine-month delay to its launch. A...

Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16.10.18: Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA). The nine-month delay could “exacerbate” pressures on HS2’s struggling budg...

How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12.10.18: The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affordable.” Speaking to delegates at an event in Whitehall yesterday, Dr Michèle Dix...

APPG chair: ‘I can wait a little bit longer’ to receive Crossrail benefits

APPG chair: ‘I can wait a little bit longer’ to receive Crossrail benefits

11.10.18: Despite noting the “great frustration” of Londoners that the project has been delayed, the All-Party Parliamentary Crossrail Group chair has said he can “wait a little bit longer” before passengers receive benefits. ...

MPs call for Crossrail to be expanded to Kent and connected to HS1

MPs call for Crossrail to be expanded to Kent and connected to HS1

11.10.18: A group of MPs and council leaders have united to call for the extension of Crossrail into south London and Kent, a move which they say would unlock 50,000 jobs and 55,000 new homes. The cross-party coalition has called for the delayed &pou...

London Assembly finds ‘grave discrepancies’ and was ‘misled’ over Crossrail delay

London Assembly finds ‘grave discrepancies’ and was ‘misled’ over Crossrail delay

04.10.18: London transport bosses and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have been accused of misleading the London Assembly Transport Committee after it “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation. The committee...

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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

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Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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