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Crossrail delay: Mayor responds to Assembly criticism

09 July 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a joint letter with Transport for London (TfL) has responded to the London Assembly Transport Committee report Derailed: Getting Crossrail back on track.

In his letter, the Mayor agreed with many of the points made within the report.

But, despite the Committee’s direct call for the Commissioner to consider his position in light of all that had gone wrong, the Mayor reiterated his support for TfL’s commissioner, Mike Brown MVO.


In response, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:


“We welcome the Mayor’s letter to the Committee in response to our detailed report on the Crossrail delay.

“It’s disappointing to see that blame for the project is still being passed from pillar to post and that no stakeholder so far has been willing to accept their responsibility for the delay of the project.

“As the Mayor has agreed with the majority of the points in our report, we look forward to seeing how these recommendations will be implemented and when.”

Notes to editors

  1. The joint response from the Mayor and TfL is attached.
  2. The report ‘Derailed: Getting Crossrail back on track’ can be read here.
  3. Correspondence between the Transport Committee, the FCA and the Mayor.
  4. Watch a video on how the Crossrail delay has affected local people in Abbey Wood here.
  5. Florence Eshalomi AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  6. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  7. 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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