News

News | Published April 23 2019

London Assembly report questions capability of Crossrail boss

In a report investigating Crossrail's delays, the London Assembly have recommended that TfL commissioner Mike Brown should consider if "he is fit to fulfil his role".

Crossrail was scheduled to open in December last year, but sources associated with the project say it could be delayed until 2020 or 2021.

The project, officially named the Elizabeth Line, is set to run between Reading, Berkshire, and Shenfield, Essex. Crossrail have stated that their testing was "progressing well".

In response to the London Assembly report, TfL have said that delays were the fault of previous senior officials at Crossrail, rather than Brown.

A spokesperson from the mayor's office has echoed this confidence, saying that Sadiq Khan has "every confidence" in the commissioner.

As costs have increased - construction of the route will now cost £17.6 billion as of a £2.8 billion rise revealed in July last year - Brown and his team have come under more pressure.

The report goes on to claim that Brown has tried to allay fears that the line would not open on its predicted date, and recommended a closer eye be kept on the project to ensure future transparency.

Caroline Pidgeon, who chairs the London Assembly transport committee, said it was "frustrating" that Crossrail upper management had not admitted their alleged misgivings, "despite the fact that they were taking home eye-watering salaries and bonuses to deliver the project".


Related Stories

Authored by

Ross Hindle
Senior Editor
@theparlreview
April 23 2019

Featured Organisations

Data Developments UK Ltd

Winston Churchill once said that “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Charities and churches form a part of life, fr... Read more

Viva!

Founded 25 years ago, Viva! is the UK’s first vegan campaigning charity. With three central pillars – Viva! Animals, Viva! Planet and Viva! Health – t... Read more

Ojo Solutions

Founded in 2009, ojo solutions is a digital transformation partner for a range of organisations. Based in Bath, ojo solutions helps organisations unde... Read more

Latest News

Ministers open-minded about vaccine passports