Yesterday (10 December) it was announced there would be an additional delay to the opening of the Crossrail until at least 2020, and that it would be even further over budget. The line had originally been due to open this month, but was recently postponed to autumn 2019. The Government has agreed a £1.3 billion package with the Mayor of London to help get it up and running as soon as possible
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his fury at the delay. He commented: “this further delay is appalling and a huge disappointment for our area. As I have said many times before, the new Elizabeth Line will provide an alternative to local rail users. Crossrail is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London and the Mayor of London therefore needs to get a grip on this to avoid further problems and he has some serious questions to answer”.