Crossrail – what’s happening now?

13 March 2019

Crossrail was supposed to launch at the end of last year, but major delays, an overspent budget and bad management of the project have left it in a state of limbo.


A new opening date is yet to be determined and more money to the tune of £17.6 billion is being poured into the project in order to get it finished.


Tomorrow, the London Assembly Transport Committee will have an opportunity to explore lessons learned from former and current Crossrail executives. There will also be an update from Network Rail on the eastern and western sections of the railway and when they might be open.


The guests are:

  • Rupert Walker, Network Rail Strategy and Planning Director (South)
  • Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail Route Managing Director (Anglia)
  • Howard Smith, Crossrail Operations Director
  • Simon Wright, former Crossrail CEO
  • Andrew Wolstenholme, former Crossrail CEO


The meeting will take place on Thursday, 14 March 2019 at 10:00am in The Chamber (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend


The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast   



Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyTransport and #Crossrail.


Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers
  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.


For media enquiries, please contact Funmi Olutoye on 020 7084 2713.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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