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".

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Ross Hindle
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April 23 2019

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