Crossrail train

Assembly response to new Crossrail launch ‘window’

25 April 2019

A new launch date for Crossrail has been announced this evening.


The project should have been completed in December 2018.

However, it was announced in August that it would open in Autumn 2019.

A further announcement in January 2019 confirmed that Crossrail was delayed indefinitely.


Today’s announcement is just days after the publication of a London Assembly Transport Committee report ‘Derailed: Getting Crossrail back on track looking at the circumstances leading up to the delay and what lessons should be learned.


In response to the new launch date, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon MBE, said:


“We welcome this announcement with cautionary relief.  However, the project has been pushed back twice already, so the question has to be asked – is the ‘six-month window’ a hedge-betting exercise to avoid disappointing passengers once more?


“It is also incredibly frustrating that no senior executives will accept any responsibility for the litany of failures that have led to this delay.


“Londoners are forking out 30 million pounds a week to bring Crossrail to completion. Further delays and doubtful dates are simply not an option.


“Crossrail will be a huge benefit to Londoners when it eventually opens. However,

Transport for London, Crossrail and the Mayor all need to get their acts together to finish this project. We will be watching closely to ensure Londoners are not disappointed once more.”



Notes to editors

  1. The report ‘Derailed: Getting Crossrail back on track’ can be read here.
  2. Correspondence between the Mayor and the Transport Committee.
  3. Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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