TfL Rail Delays (3)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor confident that TfL Rail delays will not undermine the successful launch of Crossrail?


Answer for TfL Rail Delays (3)

Answer for TfL Rail Delays (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The introduction of Elizabeth line services in December 2018 will transform the way Londoners move around the capital and there is no need to question its launch.

The Crossrail construction programme is approaching 90 per cent completion. The new tunnels and stations through central London and Docklands are on schedule to open as planned in December 2018.

TfL Rail is consistently one of the highest performing operators nationwide. Recent factors have contributed to a slight dip in performance in recent periods. This has included Network Rail experiencing several infrastructure faults, including several high impact signalling system failures, seasonal weather changes causing speed restrictions on the route and unforeseen disruption to services caused by trespassers on the line. 

The phased introduction of the new trains in preparation for the launch of the Elizabeth line has also had an impact. The trains underwent significant testing before being introduced, but as is to be expected with a new fleet, there have been some minor issues that only occur when in full passenger use. TfL continues to work closely with industry partners to ensure lessons are learned and that these issues are resolved promptly.