Crossrail delayed until autumn 2019 for ‘extensive’ safety testing
Opening pushed back from December 2018
31 August, 2018 — By William McLennan
Crossrail have today (Friday) announced that the opening of the central London section of the service will be delayed until autumn 2019.
The Elizabeth line, running from Paddington through to Abbey Wood via Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon, was due to open in December 2018.
The £15.4bn project has been running for a decade.
Camden Council’s £35million West End Project began in March. It was intended to prepare the area of Tottenham Court Road for an influx of additional passengers at the opening of Crossrail.
In a statement, Crossrail said: “The revised schedule is needed to complete the final infrastructure and extensive testing required to ensure the Elizabeth line opens as a safe and reliable railway.”
Simon Wright, Crossrail chief executive said: “The Elizabeth line is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and is now in its final stages. We have made huge progress with the delivery of this incredible project but we need further time to complete the testing of the new railway. We are working around the clock with our supply chain and Transport for London to complete and commission the Elizabeth line.”