Delays to Crossrail stations (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2837
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Please set out the specific reasons for the delays to the five new Crossrail stations  which were due to be built in west London and by what date full completion of the stations will now be completed.

Answer

Answer for Delays to Crossrail stations (1)

Answer for Delays to Crossrail stations (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Crossrail programme is 85 per cent complete. The new tunnels and stations through central London and Docklands are on schedule to open as planned in December 2018 as the Elizabeth line.

Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project and we remain heavily reliant on them to upgrade the existing railway and stations in east and west London in preparation for Elizabeth line services.

As a result of Crossrail works for the Elizabeth line, passengers and residents in Ealing are already seeing real improvements to their train service. The recent commissioning of a new flyover at the junction to Heathrow and a new 'dive-under' at Acton have added much needed capacity, improving the reliability of services. The electrification of the line to Maidenhead and a new lengthened bay platform at Hayes & Harlington has also allowed for the new Great Western Railway electric services to Paddington, providing over 1,000 seats into Paddington at the busiest times. 

Network Rail's programme of work so far has focused on ensuring the operational railway is successfully delivered on time.  They are currently working on platform extensions so that these can be completed and the necessary equipment installed on the platforms to enable testing of the new Elizabeth line trains before they start running between Paddington and Heathrow next year. These trains are already in service for TfL Rail on what will become the eastern end of the Elizabeth line.

Even with all that progress, the major station upgrades at Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Southall, Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton have proved to be a significant challenge for Network Rail and it has taken longer than expected for them to complete the design and planning approvals.

Although Network Rail has assured Crossrail Ltd that these upgrades will be finished by December 2019 when Elizabeth line through services start from Reading, Maidenhead and Heathrow, I am concerned about the delays to both the Crossrail works and the Gospel Oak to Barking electrification programme. It really is not good enough but at a recent meeting to discuss these issues, Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail has given his assurance that Network Rail is doing everything it can to get these projects back on track.