Crossrail delayed until at least 2021 at cost of £650m – The Times


The opening of Crossrail has been put back again, until 2021 at the earliest, with cost overruns now mounting to nearly £3 billion and the total bill at more than £18 billion.

The trans-London underground railway, already a year late and £2.2 billion over budget, has been delayed because new stations at Bond Street, in the centre of London, and Whitechapel, east of the City, are not ready. Signalling issues have also contributed to the delay.

Crossrail, which is to be known as the Elizabeth Line when it comes into operation, is due to run from Shenfield and Abbey Wood east of London to Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west. It will stretch 73 miles and include new 13-mile twin tunnels through the centre…

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