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Crossrail delayed until autumn 2019

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The opening of the central section of the £15.4 billion Elizabeth line has been delayed until autumn 2019, nearly a year later than originally planned

Crossrail revealed the line from Paddington to Abbey Wood would now not open in December this year as the organisation needed to complete the line’s final infrastructure and end the testing required.

According to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, the delivery body said the original programme for testing had been revised due to contractors needing more time to complete fit-out activity in the central tunnels and the development of railway systems software.

It added that testing had started but further time was required to complete the full range of integrated tests. 

The Elizabeth line includes new stations drawn up by a pool of architects including Weston Williamson, Allies and Morrison, BDP, WilkinsonEyre, John McAslan + Partners, and AHR.

Services on the new line are already running between Shenfield and Liverpool Street and between Paddington and Hayes. 

Crossrail chief executive Simon Wright said: ’The Elizabeth line is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and is now in its final stages.

’We have made huge progress with the delivery of this incredible project but we need further time to complete the testing of the new railway.

We need further time to complete the testing of the new railway

’We are working around the clock with our supply chain and Transport for London to complete and commission the Elizabeth line.’

Last month rail minister Jo Johnson revealed the Crossrail’s funding envelope would be increased to £15.4 billion, up from the £14.8 billion previously set aside.

Crossrail was handed £300 million to be spent on the installation of extra testing of systems on the central section of the line.

Network Rail was also given £290 million to upgrade the existing rail network supporting the Elizabeth line.

Earlier this year, TfL revealed the project was under significant ’cost and schedule pressures’, which had led to the rephasing and scheduling of works.

Crossrail then revealed in February that it had overspent its budget for the year to 30 March 2018 by £190 million.

At the time TfL said works at Whitechapel station, designed by BDP, and Farringdon station, designed by AHR, were completed later than expected, and there were delays to work at Weston Williamson’s Woolwich station and John McAslan + Partners’ Bond Street station.

02 Bond Street station   proposed upper escalator from Davies Street ticket hall 235992

02 Bond Street station proposed upper escalator from Davies Street ticket hall 235992

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  • No surprises here then. No mention of when the through service is now likely to be completed, avoiding changes at Paddington etc (previously advertised as 2019). No mention of no toilet provision on the trains (which the existing ones west of Paddington have) - passengers will just have to hold on even tighter for even longer!

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